Cashman apologizes for Rodriguez comments

Cashman apologizes for Rodriguez comments
June 27, 2013, 11:45 am
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It wasn't a full retreat, but Brian Cashman said he regretted his comments regarding Alex Rodriguez.

On Wednesday, the Yankees general manager spoke to reporters and said he lamented the choice of words he used when angrily responding to a tweet the third baseman posted about his rehab process.

Cashman further elaborated: "I didn't handle this one. I popped. Reality TV at its best....the tweet created some issues and I obviously added to those issues."

It was the GM who created the controversy Tuesday when he expressed anger toward Rodriguez quite vehemently and with some vulgarity. Earlier in the day, Rodriguez had tweeted about good news in his process to get back on the field, saying "Visit from Dr. [Bryan] Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news - the green light to play games again!"

This directly contradicted Cashman's assertion the day before that Rodriguez had not been cleared to play in rehab games that would facilitate his return to the Yankees lineup, a communication mix-up that did not sit well with Cashman.

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

For now though, the brief public spat is cleared up. Cashman iterated that A-Rod "got the message" after he spoke with owner Hal Steinbrenner Thursday.

Unfortunately for Cashman, Rodriguez's prime playing days still appear well behind him.