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Report: Alex Rodriguez did not show up for Friday's rehab game

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Alex Rodriguez reportedly didn't show for a Friday minor-league rehab game that was rained out. (USATSI)
Alex Rodriguez reportedly didn't show for a Friday minor-league rehab game that was rained out. (USATSI)

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UPDATE: A-Rod will not be disciplined by the team, reports Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York.

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The High Class-A Tampa Yankees were rained out on Friday. But had they played, Alex Rodriguez would not have been in the lineup despite being scheduled to play seven innings at third base as part of his latest minor-league rehab outing. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports A-Rod never showed up at the stadium after his scheduled interview with MLB's Biogenesis investigative team.

From Sherman's report:

Following Alex Rodriguez's meeting in Tampa yesterday with Major League Baseball officials investigating his ties to performance-enhancing drugs and Biogenesis, A-Rod was scheduled to play for the Single-A Tampa Yankees.

However, sources told The Post that Rodriguez never showed up for what was going to be his seventh rehab game, and organization officials were scrambling to find him. Eventually, sources said, Rodriguez informed the Yankees he was not going to play last night, which infuriated team officials.

As it turned out, the game was postponed by rain.

But sources say Rodriguez had enough time to get from the nearby location where he was interrogated to the park before any official word had come down about whether the game would be played or not. He was not excused by organization officials from attending the game and, in fact, the Yankees had been told by MLB the interview would be done in a timeframe to allow Rodriguez to continue his rehab games, and the meeting ended about two hours before the scheduled first pitch.

GM Brian Cashman declined to comment on A-Rod's no-show. It's unclear if the team can or will hand down any discipline.

Rodriguez, 37, is working his way back from left-hip surgery. On Saturday afternoon, he was in the lineup and playing third base for the Tampa team. In six minor-league rehab games, A-Rod has gone 2-for-15 (.133) with three strikeouts and a hit-by-pitch.

 
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