Alex Rodriguez, Yankees prepping for his comeback from Biogenesis ban

By on September 28, 2014

Alex Rodriguez is 'physically fit to compete' says Yankees GM Brian Cashman.Antonelli, Ron Alex Rodriguez is ‘physically fit to compete’ says Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

BOSTON — As Derek Jeter is saying goodbye, his famous frenemy, Alex Rodriguez, is already beginning his reentry into Yankeeland.

In fact, the Yankees and A-Rod have kept in touch throughout Rodriguez’s suspended season, GM Brian Cashman said Saturday. Cashman and Rodriguez recently communicated to work through details of A-Rod’s offseason training program as he tries to regain his third-base job after spending a season on the shelf because of a drug ban.

Rodriguez, who turns 40 next July, has already passed physical exams that were given for insurance purposes, Cashman said. “He’s a go, physically fit to compete,” the GM said. “Passing a physical and being ready for Major League Baseball are completely different. But he passed a physical. Now it’s about getting him back into shape so he’s a quality player.”

Cashman reached out to Rodriguez about 10 days ago to discuss the offseason and whether winter ball was an option for Rodriguez.

While Cashman said A-Rod is not going to play this winter, the GM did say that the last time the two spoke Rodriguez was “doing two-a-days” in his workouts at UCLA. “Between that and his workouts in Miami and he’s going to plan on working with our staff in Tampa at some point this winter.

“He looks forward to reintroducing himself in a positive way for us going forward.”

A-Rod's return to the Yankees next season won't include having Derek Jeter as a teammate.Patrick Smith/Getty Images A-Rod’s return to the Yankees next season won’t include having Derek Jeter as a teammate.

Still, even Cashman admits he doesn’t know what to expect from Rodriguez, who’s not only coming off the shame of the Biogenesis scandal, but has had two bad hips and assorted other injuries in recent years. The Yankees owe Rodriguez $ 61 million total for the 2015-17 seasons.

Cashman compared him to Jeter and Mark Teixeira coming off injuries into this season. That didn’t turn into big years for either player, which is part of the reason the Yankees were playing a meaningless game at Fenway Saturday afternoon.

“I don’t have expectations because I don’t know what to expect,” Cashman said. “Unique circumstance.”

The Yankees’ strength and conditioning coach will meet with Rodriguez soon, Cashman said, and Rodriguez will be “worked out by our personnel, both strength and conditioning, as well as field staff, as we prepare for spring training.”

Cashman spoke for roughly 10 minutes about Rodriguez, something that never would’ve happened during A-Rod’s contentious battles with the Yankees and MLB over Biogenesis. At one point while Rodriguez was rehabbing an injury, Cashman told a reporter Rodriguez should “shut the f— up” when Rodriguez said his own doctor had cleared him to play.

During the whole sordid drug and injury mess, Rodriguez brought a medical malpractice suit against the Yankees’ team doctor, which he later dropped. Cashman was once quoted saying he was uncomfortable talking to Rodriguez because “we feel we are in a litigious environment.”

Now, though, the Yankees need a third baseman next year and Cashman says the two sides will be able to move on and co-exist. But we won’t know any of that for sure until spring training.

“The process we went through, it wasn’t a healthy process for anybody involved, but the process had finality and now it’s about moving forward. Simple as that,” Cashman said.

In talking to Rodriguez, Cashman said, the GM “didn’t rehash anything in the past. It’s not productive to do so. … That’s going to create a lot of unhealthy emotions for anybody trying to do that, so it’s best to concentrate on the future and less on the past.”

He also described his interaction with Rodriguez like this: “Professional. Very professional.

“When you deal with Alex on baseball, it’s always good.”

Whether he can play it at that level again remains to be seen. The Yankees and Rodriguez are, at least, making plans to find out. 

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