From offseason hip surgery to a PED suspension, Alex Rodriguez has had an eventful year. A look at all that's happened to the Yankees third baseman in 2013.
Offseason hip surgery, January 16
Rodriguez had surgery in January to repair his injured left hip. As a result of the surgery, he began the 2013 season on the 60-day DL.
PED allegations, Jan. 29
The Miami New Times named Rodriguez as a client of a now defunct anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis, and alleged he procured performance-enhancing drugs from the clinic. Rodriguez’s representatives issued a statement denying any involvement. MLB announced it would investigate. |
At odds with the GM, June 25
Rodriguez tweeted that he had “the green light to play games again!” GM Brian Cashman, believing the Yankees should be the ones announcing injury news, said A-Rod should “shut the — — up” in an ESPN radio interview. |
Begins minor league rehab assignment, July 2
Rodriguez began his minor league rehab assignment with the Single-A Charleston RiverDogs. He would eventually reach Triple-A. In 13 minor league games during his rehab assignment, Rodriguez hit .200, with a .250 OBP and .375 slugging percentage.
Scheduled MLB return, July 22
The Yankees had planned for Rodriguez to make his season debut July 22, against the Texas Rangers. The club’s third basemen have struggled in 2013, ranking last in the majors at the position in terms of OPS.
The quad acts up, July 20
Rodriguez switched from third base to DH because of tightness in his left quadricep muscle. |
Ryan Braun’s suspension, July 22
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended for 65 games by Major League Baseball because of his connection to Biogenesis, a Miami-based anti-aging clinic that has allegedly supplied performance-enhancing drugs to some 20 MLB players. Rodriguez has also been linked to the clinic, prompting speculation he too may be suspended. Rodriguez has reportedly denied any connection to Biogenesis.
Conflicting injury reports, July 24
Dr. Michael Gross of the Hackensack Medical Center said he looked at Rodriguez’s MRI and did not see any injury. Rodriguez sought a second opinion from Gross, who added that he did not examine the third baseman. |
Return to the Yankees minor league complex, July 24
Amid the conflicting medical reports and suspension speculation, Rodriguez returned to the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa.
A matter of trust, July 25
Rodriguez went on WFAN and was asked if he trusted the Yankees’ opinion. “I’d rather not get into that,” he responded. |
'Enough doctors,' July 25
Rodriguez issued a statement saying the “the Yankees and I crossed signals” regarding his quad strain. He ended it by saying “Enough doctors, let’s play.” |
BirthdA-rod, July 27
Rodriguez worked out at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa on his 38th birthday. |
Appeal likely, July 29
Attorney David Cornwell, who represents Rodriguez, said no deal has been discussed with MLB and he’s preparing an appeal if A-Rod is suspended during an interview on ESPN radio. |
AUG. 5: A-ROD SUSPENDED
Following a week of speculation, Major League Baseball suspended Alex Rodriguez for 211 games for his involvement with performance-enhancing drugs and the Biogenesis scandal. Major League Baseball said in a statement that Rodriguez was suspended under both the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement for "attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program". Rodriguez said he would appeal the suspension and would play in the Yankees' scheduled game against the Chicago White Sox.