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Alex Rodriguez responds to Brian Cashman's comments

Alex Rodriguez stands behind the batting cage before

Alex Rodriguez stands behind the batting cage before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (April 3, 2013) (Credit: AP)

It wasn't really a war of words over a tweet Alex Rodriguez sent Tuesday saying he had been given the "green light" to play in games -- after all, Brian Cashman was the one using all the fire power. But something the Yankees GM got through to A-Rod, or at least the way he said it.

Rodriguez responded to harsh criticism from Cashman with a statement Wednesday morning.

"I will continue to work hard until my efforts get me back in pinstripes and help my team win," the statement read. "The tweet was pure excitement about Dr. Kelly's prognosis."

That's as close to a white flag as you're going to see, given Cashman's shot across the bow after he was told of the tweet Tuesday.

"You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will]," Cashman told ESPN. "Alex should just shut the ---- up. That's it. I'm going to call Alex now."

Tags: Alex Rodriguez , Brian Cashman , Yankees

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