A-Rod: Tweet was out of 'pure excitement'

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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said Wednesday he posted an update on his health status out of "pure excitement" and didn't intend to rile general manager Brian Cashman.

Cashman didn't like one bit that Rodriguez chose to share that doctors cleared him to play in games.

In fact, Cashman was steamed about the tweet when first questioned about it Tuesday.

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

Rodriguez issued a statement Wednesday through spokesperson Ron Berkowitz.

"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. (Bryan) Kelly's prognosis."

Rodriguez's post on Twitter that sparked outrage from Cashman Tuesday went like this: "Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news -- the green light to play games again!"

Just a day earlier, Cashman told ESPN New York that Rodriguez was not yet ready for rehab games and that Kelly was only involved in the hip surgery and recovery but not in the decision-making process on Rodriguez's return to the field.

"He has not been cleared by our doctors to play in rehab games yet," Cashman said Monday. "He's getting closer. There's no doubt about it. But we don't have a date for him to start playing games yet. It could be July 1. It could also be July 5, or maybe June 25."

Rodriguez underwent hip surgery on Jan. 16 and has not played this season. He has been working out at the team's spring-trarining complex in Tampa, Fla., and is expected to be back with the Yankees sometime around the All-Star break in mid-July.
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