NEW YORK - Injured New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez tweeted that his hip surgeon had cleared him to play in rehabilitation games, a revelation that prompted general manager Brian Cashman to rip his rehabbing superstar for revealing medical information.
"You know what," Cashman told ESPN New York, "when the Yankees want to announce something, we will. Alex should just shut the (expletive) up. That's it. I'm going to call Alex now."
On Tuesday night, Rodriguez tweeted the message, "Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news - the green light to play games again!" along with a photo of himself and Dr. Brian Kelly, who performed the operation in New York.
As Cashman said Monday: "He has not been cleared by our doctors to play in rehab games yet," he said. "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."
Manager Joe Girardi said earlier Tuesday that no date had been set for A-Rod to start playing in minor league rehab games. Rodriguez is expected to return to the Yankees around the All-Star break, shortly before he turns 38.
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