Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 6/26/13
  This was a battle that folks should’ve seen coming from the start. Yankees vs Arod is about to commence, because it’s conspiracy time. According to a source the disgraced 3rd baseman who is also rehabbing from a hip injury feels the Yankees are intentionally slowing his return to the starting roster so that they can have him declared medically unfit to play this season, thus enabling them to recoup 80 percent of his $28 million salary through insurance. All this comes courtesy of ESPN New York and the source elaborated: “Alex thinks there’s something really off about this situation,…Here we have a doctor declaring him fit to play. You think they would be happy about that.” Instead, Rodriguez’s tweet Tuesday night — “Visit from Dr. [Bryan] Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news — the green light toplay games again!” — was met with an angry response from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who told ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand, “You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will]. Alex should just shut the f— up.” According to the source Arod felt Brian Cashman’s reactions to his rehab progression tweets were ‘over the top’ and thus cemented his feelings on the Yankees intentionally keeping him from playing. The source went on to state that Arod feels the Yankees are delaying his return hoping that time will run out for him to come back for the season, or that MLB will hand down the lengthy suspension as punishment for his connection to the Miami Biogenesis clinic. Yankees GM Brian Cashman moved quick to dismiss such accusations: “False and false,…He’s not being slowed down or anything. Make no mistake; if Alex Rodriguez is healthy, we want him, and I want him, playing third base for us yesterday. We’re clearly a better team with him. We’re taking every step in the process, but we can’t have him unless he’s ready. Period” There’s no question that the Yankees and Arod’s relationship has become significantly severed through the years, from PED allegations to post season slump after slump. It’s no secret that if the Yankees could go back in time and opt not give Arod that massive 10 year contract they’d take it in a heart beat. But instead they’re stuck with their decision. Cashman and team president Randy Levine had a meeting with Arod on Wednesday evening and the following took place, via Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo: “Alex called Cashman around 5:30 [p.m.], Cashman got Randy Levine on the phone, and they spoke for close to 30 minutes,…It was a constructive, healthy conversation. Everybody is on the same page. And we’re all going to communicate and work together to get Alex back as quickly as possible. Everyone fully understands the protocol and processes in place. We’re all back on track.” This could be the start to a long and lengthy battle.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Winners and losers of Astros' ALCS victory over Yankees

Steph Curry may face suspension for throwing mouthpiece at ref

Alex Cora reportedly getting three-year deal from Red Sox

Kristaps Porzingis wants to see changes from Knicks before committing long-term

Bobby Portis apologizes for role in Nikola Mirotic fight

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Tennessee fans fly banner: 'Butch your mom still loves you'

Steelers rack up $94K in fines for penalties against the Chiefs

Kyrie Irving has no regrets about cursing at heckler who taunted him about LeBron

Tennessee's Rashaan Gaulden flips double bird to 'Bama fans, down by 22 points

WATCH: Adrian Killins injured after crashing into goat bucket

Twitter reacts to Adrian Killins leaving everyone in dust on 79-yard TD

Most prominent sports bans on the 5th anniversary of the Lance Armstrong ban

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

Yankees News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Most prominent sports bans on the 5th anniversary of the Lance Armstrong ban

Houston Astros hold off Yankees, forcing Game 7

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker