As the speculation regarding Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and the latest allegations surrounding performance-enhancing drugs run rampant, the silence of Rodriguez is noticeable. While the allegations at this point and the response from Rodriguez have both been completely source-fueled, not even the rumors of the Yankees looking for a way out have solicited a direct response from the 14-time All-Star.
With the lack of response directly from A-Rod, Yankees captain and shortstop Derek Jeter has stayed away from commenting until his teammate clears the air first,
“I don’t comment on anyone until they speak first,” Jeter said Monday. “Let him address his situation before I comment on it. Let him speak first and then we’ll talk about that.”
It's a similar sentiment Jeter echoed in 2009 after Rodriguez's public admission to steroids, where he wanted to let Rodriguez address the team prior to commenting on the admission.
As Jeter rightfully avoids commenting on, what is at this point, strictly source-fueled fodder, he is making great progress from a broken left ankle suffered during last year's American League Championship Series,
“Everything’s been good,” Jeter said. “Everything’s right where it needs to be. The goal is April 1st, that’s when we start our season. I’m right where I need to be. I’ve been progressing just fine.”
The 38-year-old Jeter has begun a second week of strictly baseball-related activity at the Yankees complex in Tampa, fielding grounders and taking cuts in the batting cage. Later on this month, the Yankees plan to get Jeter into a running program and working on the lateral intricacies of a shortstop.
At this point, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman expects Jeter to be in the lineup for their April Fools' Day home opener versus American League East rival Boston Red Sox.
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