So Alex Rodriguez tweeted that he had been cleared to start playing in rehab games and posted a picture along with the tweet, only that diagnosis/decision didn’t come from the Yankees’ team doctor it came from Dr. Bryan Kelly, the doctor who performed his latest hip surgery. Apparently, this is a big problem because according to ESPN NY GM Brian Cashman did not react well to A-Rod’s tweet:
Livid over Alex Rodriguez’s decision to tweet an update on his rehab process, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had a message for the third baseman.
“You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman told ESPN New York. “Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”
Of course, this spread across Twitter faster than Usain Bolt running 100 meters and before you knew it, EVERYONE was talking about it.
Here’s my issue with it. Was it smart for Alex to tweet that sort of information out to the masses before the Yankees were ready to release it? Probably not. But my goodness, Cashman did not need to react like that at all.
Could you imagine if Cashman reacted that way to any of the other players working their way back from injury who also have Twitter accounts? Oh who am I kidding? Any one of them could do the same thing or something worse and it wouldn’t elicit the same reaction as anything A-Rod does.
And for the record, tough guy Cashman didn’t actually call Rodriguez, he emailed him, according to Wally Matthews. Interesting.