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Siev did not return a telephone call seeking comment, and Rodriguez did not speak with reporters at the team’s minor league complex in Tampa.

Earlier Thursday, Rodriguez said he was ready to rejoin the Yankees.

“I think the Yanks and I crossed signals,” the three-time AL MVP said in a statement issued by spokesman Ron Berkowitz. “I don’t want any more mixups. 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.”

Rodriguez, who turns 38 Saturday, earns $153,005 each day during the season from his $28 million salary, and while he remains on the disabled list much of the money is covered by insurance.

Rodriguez has hit .250 (8 for 40) with two homers and eight RBIs in 13 minor league games. About a week before he began the injury rehab assignment on July 2, Rodriguez tweeted that the surgeon who operated on his hip “gave me the best news - the green light to play games again!”

In most instances, teams make those determinations, and Cashman memorably said, “Alex should just shut the … up.”

If Rodriguez is healthy, New York could use his bat. Yankees third basemen began Thursday hitting .217, ahead of only Cleveland, according to STATS. Their four homers are more than only Miami and their 29 RBIs are 28th in the majors.

Gross, was reprimanded this year by New Jersey’s board of medical examiners over steroid prescriptions, fined $30,000 and ordered to pay $10,000 in costs.

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Associated Press Writer Mark Didtler in Tampa, Fla., contributed to this report.