Different Worlds

Earlier today A-Rod released this statement:

“I think the Yankees and I crossed signals. I don’t want any more mix-ups. I’m excited and ready to play and help this team win a championship. I feel great, and I’m ready and want to be in the lineup Friday night. Enough doctors, let’s play.”

Meanwhile, back in Yankeeland, Brian Cashman is outlining what is going to happen with A-Rod while the Yankees are in the fifth inning of their game in Texas.

I am sure there will be a story from one of the beat guys soon, but here is a summary from Twitter. (mostly Mark Feinsand’s feed)

  • Alex saw a doctor in Tampa who agreed with the Grade 1 strain diagnosis
  • Quad has improved but he will rehab through July 31st
  • Assuming no setbacks, he would play a simulated game August 1st

Now here’s the part that really gets me. Brian Cashman and Randy Levine had a conference call with a team trainer, A-Rod, and A-Rod’s LAWYER to go over this.

You could certainly argue that the lawyer was on the call at the request of the Yankees to make sure A-Rod understood his legal obligations. Even if that was the case, it is pretty incredible how fractured this relationship is.

And, with A-Rod at least another week away from playing, you do have to wonder if he will see MLB action this year. We’ve heard that the suspension is 7-10 days away, so it could certainly hit before he picks up a bat this year. Maybe that’s why Alex has been behaving so erratically?

The question I have now, is how long will the Yankees let this continue? Let’s say Alex gets suspended for 100 games at the end of August. That means he misses the rest of this season and 45 games next year. When he would be eligible to return, the Yankees would owe him about $82-million on his contract. It’s a huge sum, but I am wondering if the Yankees would pay it to get out of this toxic relationship.