Column: What part of ‘shut … up’ did A-Rod miss?

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Instead of letting the whole thing end there, someone inside A-Rod’s camp told ESPN.com that Rodriguez doesn’t feel the club really wants him back. That’s likely true. But unlike Rodriguez, and unlike all the past attempts to publicly shame their overpriced asset, the Yankees said little. Cashman’s terse “just shut … up” was revealing for just how annoyed he’s become, but more than that, it was advice that A-Rod do the same.

By coincidence, Yankee captain Derek Jeter took another step Thursday in his own long rehabilitation from a broken ankle. Rodriguez has always suffered in the comparison with Jeter, and so it was one more time.

Part of the rehab process involves a minor-league assignment, and when reporters asked the date it would begin, all Jeter said was, “As soon as I can get out there, I’ll get out there. We haven’t got that far yet.”

Not that hard, is it?

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Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)ap.org and follow him at Twitter.com/JimLitke.

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