Remember that report about Alex Rodriguez secretly going behind the Yankees’ back to get a second opinion about that quad strain he suffered in the minors. Well, turns out it was 100% true. And the Yankees were evidently pissed about it. So pissed that they reportedly fined Rodriguez more than $150,000.
But the Yankees didn’t inform Rodriguez of the fine the way you’d expect them to. You know, call him in and tell him face to face. Instead, a letter written by GM Brian Cashman explaining the fine was hand delivered to Rodriguez just hours before the Yankees took the field against the Tigers on Friday night.
Rodriguez, who is currently playing pending appeal of the 211-game suspension handed to him by commissioner Bud Selig on Monday for violating baseball’s drug policy, was hand-delivered a letter written by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman before Friday night’s game against the Detroit Tigers, as first reported by ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand.
According to sources familiar with the letter’s content, the club reprimanded Rodriguez for his recent actions surrounding his rehab assignment. Those actions include seeking a second medical opinion without giving the Yankees prior notice, and failing to show up at the ballpark on July 12 after meeting with MLB officials to discuss the evidence against him in baseball’s investigation of the now-closed Biogenesis clinic suspected of being a source of illegal PEDs.
Two sources who have seen the letter said part of it reads: “The club contemplates discipline for your most recent violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.” Although no specific punishment is mentioned, $153,005 is equivalent to one day’s pay [based on 183 days] under Rodriguez’s contract, which calls for him to earn $28 million for 2013.
When asked if he had received the letter, Rodriguez gave the usual Alex Rodriguez response.
Asked about the receipt of the letter before Friday’s game, Rodriguez at first said, “It has not happened.” Then, he acknowledged, “Maybe they sent it to my lawyers. But I’m not really going to talk about that.”
Of course, Rodriguez’s camp sees the letter as just another slight by the Yankees. And it fits perfectly with the narrative he’s putting together for his appeal.
Man, this is going to get ugly fast.