— NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is investigating him, the Yankees are angry with him and Alex Rodriguez is miffed.
A-Rod's strained relationship with his team hit another low on Thursday when he kept pushing to be activated from the disabled list and New York kept pushing back. He wound up having a lawyer join in when the sides discussed how to rehabilitate his slightly injured leg.
Already a target of Major League Baseball's drug investigation, the third baseman angered the Yankees when he obtained a second medical opinion on his strained left quadriceps this week without informing the team in writing, a step required by the sport's collective bargaining agreement. The Yankees intend to discipline him, most likely with a fine.
"Do you trust the Yankees?" Rodriguez was asked Thursday during an interview on WFAN radio.
A-Rod's answer was telling.
"Um. You know, I'd rather not get into that," he responded. "I'm just frustrated that I'm not on the field tomorrow."
Sidelined since hip surgery in January, Rodriguez issued a statement saying he wanted to be activated for Friday's homestand opener against Tampa Bay. But that wasn't in the Yankees plans.
"We agreed that a protocol would be followed that is necessary when you return somebody from a quad injury," general manager Brian Cashman said during a conference call with the team's beat writers. "That protocol will include further treatment, which he'll continue tomorrow with some light conditioning, and then expand to more functional work from the 27th through the 31st. Our hope, as well as Alex's hope, without any setbacks or new complaints, that would put him in a situation to have either a simulated game or a rehab game on Aug. 1."