In case you haven’t noticed—and judging by his paltry 28,000 or so followers most of you haven’t—Yanks 3rd baseman Alex Rodriguez is officially on Twitter. Truth be told the controversial and polarizing slugger has been a member of the social media site since May 31, but his joining drew little fanfare, and garnered a miniscule amount of buzz, thanks mainly to the fact that in the 3-plus weeks he’s been on Twitter Rodriguez has composed all of nine tweets, each one more boring than the last.
But one particular tweet from this past Tuesday (actually the only tweet from this past Tuesday) caught the attention of one high profile, fairly notable baseball person, namely New York GM Brian Cashman, who was none too pleased with A-Rod’s status update. Seems Rodriguez received a visit from Dr. Kelly, who performed surgery in January on the injured slugger’s torn hip labrum, and got the green light from the good doctor to begin playing in real live baseball games again.
Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news – the green light to play games again! http://t.co/RuzfXOJjHI
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) June 25, 2013
Good news all around, right? Wrong, wrong and wrong, according to Cashman, because it totally contradicts what he told reporters on Monday re: A-Rod’s rehab (via ESPN)…
“He has not been cleared by our doctors to play in rehab games yet,” he said. “He’s getting closer. There’s no doubt about it. But we don’t have a date for him to start playing games yet. It could be July 1. It could also be July 5, or maybe June 25.”
But the best was yet to come from an irate Cashman after he caught wind of A-Rod’s tweet…
“You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman told ESPN New York. “Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”
Apparently this Dr. Kelly has no jurisdiction when it comes to clearing Rodriguez for a return to game action, and even if he did, Alex Rodriguez has no business going public with the information over, say, the Yankees and their PR department. A-Rod’s relationship with the Bronx Bombers is already on thin ice since his antics in the 2012 ALCS against Detroit, when he was busted trying to land a hot blonde’s phone number during Game 1, then went in the tank with his hitting and had to be benched and pinch hit for as the Tigers swept the Yanks. This latest transgression, innocent or not, won’t help his already tenuous standing with the club.