MLB Notebook: A-Rod, Yankees having difficulty just getting along

2013-07-26T00:00:00Z MLB Notebook: A-Rod, Yankees having difficulty just getting alongThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez's already strained relationship with the Yankees hit another low when he pushed to be activated from the disabled list today, the team refused and he had a lawyer join the discussion of his injury rehabilitation.

Already a target of Major League Baseball's drug investigation, the third baseman angered the Yankees when he obtained a second medical opinion on his strained left quadriceps this week without informing the team in writing, a step required by the sport's collective bargaining agreement. The Yankees intend to discipline him, most likely with a fine.

"Do you trust the Yankees?" Rodriguez was asked during an interview on WFAN radio.

"Um. You know, I'd rather not get into that," he responded.

Rivera gets the boot

ARLINGTON, Texas - The way Mariano Rivera helped kick the Rangers out of the playoffs, their parting gift was appropriate.

The Rangers honored Rivera before his final regular-season game in Texas, presenting baseball's career saves leader with a pair of cowboy boots inscribed with the New York Yankees logo, his name and No. 42. He was also given a cowboy hat before Thursday's series finale, and the team donated a $5,000 check for the Mariano Rivera Foundation that helps needy children.

Rivera has pitched 14 scoreless innings in 10 playoff appearances against the Rangers.

Inside pitch

• Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez left Thursday's game against Miami after aggravating a sprain on the middle finger on his right hand.

The team listed Gonzalez as day-to-day.

• George Brett said Thursday he was stepping down as Royals interin hitting coach and returning to the team's front office, where he has served as vice president of baseball operations since retiring as a player after the 1993 season.

• The Dodgers have designated injury-plagued left-hander Ted Lilly for assignment.

• Yankees captain Derek Jeter (quadriceps) believes he'll be ready to play when eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday.

• Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow has been shut down for six weeks with a nerve problem in his forearm.

• Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown and Athletics catcher John Jaso have been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

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