Amidst all the negative press A-Rod has received in the last few months or so, it was all on the minds of many: just when will we see the slugger back on the field? Well, if all goes as planned, it looks like the third baseman could be swinging his bat in the line-up come Monday as the Yankees play the Texas Rangers. While talking to WFAN’s Mike Francesa about the pending investigation [and suspension] looming, the beleaguered star stated there wasn’t a plea deal as reported, but also seemed excited about getting back out there even with his career on the line.
On plea deal reports:
“No, that’s not true,” A-Rod said about the plea deal reports. Rodriguez admitted in 2009 to using PEDs during his 2001-03 stint with the Rangers. He has denied any involvement with Biogenesis.“There’s no deal that I’ve instructed anyone to do at this point,” he said.
On angering Yankees GM Brian Cashman due to Tweeting his rehab plans:
“I think over the last several weeks we’ve had good communication,” A-Rod said. “We’ve had productive conversations. I think we all have the same goal to get back on the field, help the team win, and make a run out of this thing. I think the team has done a phenomenal job of keeping us right in the race. And the good news for us, Mike, is hopefully the captain (Derek Jeter) and I come back at the similar times, and then we have three or four players behind us, and before you know it hopefully we have our full lineup in there and we can help the guys who have been doing a great job up to date.”
Talks On His Health After Surgery, Plus His Doubts Of Getting Back To Normal:
“Look, you always have doubts,” Rodriguez said. “If I could just sit here and tell you, ‘Yeah, it’s been just a colorful ride and it’s been a rainbow,’ I would be lying to you. There was very dark moments, challenging, some achy mornings. Every day, getting up really early, leaving the Tampa complex very late; doing cold tubs at night, doing hot tubs in the morning. It’s been a very challenging process.
“But I’m excited, because the last 10 days, I’ve seen things get a little better. I’m turning the corner, and I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m within striking distance of Monday now, and that makes me really excited, like a 10-year-old boy.”