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The status of A-Rod's rehabilitation, however, became a major point of contention this week.
The star third baseman posted Tuesday evening on Twitter that his hip surgeon had cleared him to play in rehab games, a move that angered Cashman because Rodriguez has not been cleared by team doctors yet — a point the general manager had just explained to reporters the day before.
Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com that "Alex should just shut ... up," punctuating his comment with a profanity.
"I regret the choice of words I used," Cashman said Wednesday, later adding: "I think we're both at fault."
Cashman said Steinbrenner spoke with Rodriguez when the owner was working out in the weight room at the team's complex in Tampa, where Rodriguez has been rehabbing lately.
Cashman said Steinbrenner reiterated to A-Rod that injury information should be announced by the team, not individual players on social media.
"Alex grabbed Hal and they had a conversation. Hal reiterated about — he did it in a more professional way maybe than I did — but about managing from the top down rather than from the bottom up, which obviously is how I reacted from yesterday's tweeting and contradicting statements and things of that nature," Cashman said. "He got the message, I know that."
Cashman said the Yankees want a healthy A-Rod back at third base as soon as possible, and dismissed the notion that the club would rather he not hurry back because it could collect insurance on his hefty salary, or because he could be facing a suspension from Major League Baseball for his alleged involvement in the Biogenesis drug scandal.
"False and false," Cashman said.
Rodriguez did not stop to speak with reporters Wednesday when he drove into the team's minor league complex in Tampa.
"I will continue to work hard until my efforts get me back in pinstripes and help my team win," he said in a statement. "The tweet was pure excitement about Dr. Kelly's prognosis."
Cashman initially said Rodriguez did not get back to him after he tried to contact the slugger Tuesday night, but just before the first pitch Wednesday, Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo told reporters that Rodriguez called Cashman around 5:30 p.m., and spoke with the GM and team president Randy Levine.
Zillo said they spoke for nearly 30 minutes and everyone "fully understands the protocol and processes in place."
"It was a constructive, healthy conversation. Everybody is on the same page and we're all going to communicate and work together to get Alex back as quickly as possible," Zillo said. "They're all back on track."
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