Brian Cashman is livid with Alex Rodriguez after the New York Yankees third baseman/DH tweeted an update about his health on Tuesday.
“You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman told ESPN New York. “Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”
A-Rod recently joined Twitter and Instagram, and he has been utilizing his accounts to provide updates on his health/comeback.
Last week he tweeted to announce that he was facing live pitching for the first time:
First time facing live pitching today in over 8 months. Felt good to put on my helmet and metal cleats.
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) June 18, 2013
On Sautrday he said he played in a simulated game:
Simulated game yesterday – nice to see real game pitching action!
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) June 22, 2013
But the big update — the one that upset Cashman — came on Tuesday when A-Rod said his doctor had cleared him to begin playing in games over the weekend:
Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news – the green light to play games again! http://t.co/RuzfXOJjHI
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) June 25, 2013
A-Rod’s tweet contradicted what Cashman, the Yankees’ GM, told ESPN New York on Monday.
“He has not been cleared by our doctors to play in rehab games yet,” Cashman told ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews. “He’s getting closer, there’s no doubt about it, but we don’t have a date for him to start playing games yet. It could be July 1. It could also be July 5, or maybe June 25.”
Though A-Rod was cleared by Dr. Kelly, who performed his surgery, he apparently has not been cleared by Yankees team doctors, which is what has angered Cashman.
This is actually becoming somewhat of a trend for the Yankees. Earlier this month, Cashman was unhappy with hitting coach Kevin Long for telling the media that something wasn’t right with Mark Teixeira and not telling the team.