A-Rod declines to discuss MLB poker investigation
Alex Rodriguez refused to discuss a Major League Baseball
investigation into his involvement in illegal poker games, ending
an interview Thursday with a one-word answer.
The New York Yankees had said the injured star would stop his
post-workout media session at the team’s minor league training
complex if any reporter posed an non-baseball question.
Rodriguez spoke for several minutes about his recovery from knee
surgery. But when asked if he would not discuss the poker games, he
said ”yep” and walked to his car.
Rodriguez’s publicist, however, said the slugging third baseman
was looking forward to cooperating with MLB in its poker probe.
Star Magazine reported last month that several people saw A-Rod
playing in games hosted at Hollywood hotels and residences.
Richard Rubenstein, Rodriguez’s publicist, said in a statement
Thursday morning that the Star’s story contains ”numerous factual
Rodriguez said it will take a few days to get a timeframe for
rejoining the Yankees.
”I think I’ll have a much better indication over the next 48
hours,” he said. ”I’m curious to see how my body reacts, responds
tomorrow. Tomorrow and the next day will be a good
The 36-year-old Rodriguez arrived at the Yankees’ minor league
complex just before noon, pulling up in his Mercedes and waving to
a group of 25 or so fans before entering the building.
This was his first on-field activity since having right knee
surgery July 14. He worked out for a half-hour, doing light
running, playing catch, taking grounders and hitting in the batting
cage off a tee and against a soft toss. He wore a light brace on
the knee and showed no signs of difficulty moving. Rodriguez then
went inside to ice the knee and run in the pool.
”I feel good. A good day today. Encouraging first day out there
on the field and felt pretty good,” said Rodriguez, who signed
autographs before talking to the media outside the complex.
Rodriguez said the intensity of the workouts will be increased
”Hopefully 5, 10 percent more every day and see over the next
four, five days (how it goes),” Rodriguez said. ”It will be a big
key to see when I can actually get back on the field for
Rodriguez is hitting .295 with 13 home runs and 52 RBIs.