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

each day.

”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.