“He’s in sim games until they decide he’s ready to go out on a rehab. It’s not yet,” the manager said.
New to Twitter, Rodriguez sent his first tweet on May 31. He is expected to return to the Yankees around the All-Star break, shortly before he turns 38.
Benched by the team as he slumped through last year’s playoffs, A-Rod has been in the news a lot lately even though he has spent almost no time with the Yankees this season. He is among the 20 or so players who may be disciplined by Major League Baseball for their links to the now-closed Miami anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis of America. A first offense under baseball’s drug program results in a 50-game suspension and a second in a 100-game ban, but players don’t serve penalties for a first offense until after any grievance is decided.
Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he used performance-enhancing drugs while with the Rangers from 2001-03. As baseball’s highest-paid player with a $28 million salary this year, he would lose $7.65 million during a 50-game ban if it is served this year.