Yankees GM Cashman: Shut up, A-Rod

Yankees GM Cashman: Shut up, A-Rod
June 25, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Injured New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) sits in the dugout during the fourth inning of a MLB game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

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So this is where the Alex Rodriguez-Yankees relationship is: The club is mad at him because he’s acting excited about being ready to play ball again.

A-Rod, recovering from off-season hip surgery, tweeted this on Tuesday: "Visit from Dr. [Bryan] Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news - the green light to play games again!"

Except, as far as the Yankees are concerned, Rodriguez hasn’t been cleared to play rehab games yet. General manager Brian Cashman reacted strongly.

"You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [they will]," Cashman told espn.com. "Alex should just shut … up.”

On Monday, Cashman had said: "He has not been cleared by our doctors to play in rehab games yet. He's getting closer. There's no doubt about it. But we don't have a date for him to start playing games yet."

Just add the premature tweet to the list of A-Rod annoyances the Yankees have experienced — from his diminished performance that led to postseason benching to his being linked to a performance-enhancing-drug supplier in Florida to that outrageous contract that still has four years and $86 million to go after this season.