Brian Cashman: Alex Rodriguez to rehab until at least August 1
In a conference call with the media on Thursday afternoon, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Alex Rodriguez will not be back in the Yankees lineup just yet.
According to the GM, Rodriguez was examined on Thursday morning in Tampa by the team's orthopedic doctor, Dr. Dan Murphy, who concurred with team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad's diagnosis of a Grade 1 quadriceps strain. However, that quadriceps strain has shown improvement, and the plan for now is to have A-Rod continue to undergo treatment and do some light rehab at the team complex over the next week, leading up to a possible return to some kind of on-field action August 1.
"Our hope, as well as Alex's hope, would put him in a situation to have either a simulated game or a rehab game on August 1," Cashman said. 'If it was his choice, he would be out there Friday. But that wouldn't be responsible."
The news was explained to Rodriguez by Cashman in a conference call earlier Thursday that also included team president Randy Levine, team trainers, and A-Rod's attorney, and the third baseman is "on board" with the timetable according to the GM.
Rodriguez had said in a statement Thursday morning that "I feel great and I'm ready" to play, and Cashman intimated that if all goes well in the next week, A-Rod's return to the Yankees shouldn't be too long after the August 1 target.
"We're just trying to get him to the point where he can be responsibly healthy and a capable player for us," Cashman said. "If everything goes right, I don't think you're looking much longer past that date."
The GM also would not comment on whether or not the team would discipline Rodriguez for potentially circumventing MLB regulations by seeking a second opinion from Dr. Michael Gross without team consent.