Alex Rodriguez is champing at the bit to get back on the baseball field, but the Yankees might be pulling the reins on the 14-time All-Star.
Rodriguez believes the Yankees are purposely slowing his return to their active roster in attempt to declare him medically unable to play for the 2013 season. That would allow them to regain $22.4 million of his $28 million salary through insurance, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.
This all stems from general manager Brian Cashman telling the media Tuesday that Rodriguez should "shut the f- up" in response to a tweet from the third baseman saying he's been medically cleared to play games again.
"Alex thinks there's something really off about this situation," the source said. "Here we have a doctor declaring him fit to play. You think they would be happy about that."
Cashman had rebutted reports on Monday that Rodriguez had been medically cleared to begin playing in rehab games.
"He has not been clea...