|You won't see this face in Yankees camp. (Getty Images)|
Alex Rodriguez, in addition to dealing with the fallout from the still-unfolding Anthony Bosch/Biogenesis scandal, is trying to work his way back from major hip surgery. So perhaps because of comfort level or perhaps because he doesn't want to be a distraction, A-Rod won't immediately be attending Yankees spring training in Tampa. Instead, as widely noted on Twitter by those covering Yankees camp, he'll continue the rehab process in New York. As manager Joe Giradi said, A-Rod's still on crutches.
Furthermore, as this Joel Sherman tweet implies, it may be the Yankees themselves who urged A-Rod to stay away:
#Yankees keeping A-Rod away from camp in name of doing rehab in NY but clearly this is more about keeping distraction out of this camp— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 12, 2013
Maybe it's about distractions or maybe it's about keeping A-Rod in close proximities to his doctors and rehab clinicians. Maybe it's a little of both.
In any case, A-Rod's not likely to return to the Yankee lineup until well into the second half, and of course it remains to be seen what becomes of the Biogenesis story, which could have implications for Rodriguez's status moving forward.
The upshot, though, is that the media won't have A-Rod to kick around, at least not until they get back to New York. Call it a "prominent absence."
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