With just his ninth career tweet, Alex Rodriguez drew a four-letter word from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.
To the displeasure of Cashman, the Yankees' injured third baseman shared an unapproved update on his recovery from hip surgery on Tuesday.
Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news - the green light to play games again! http://t.co/RuzfXOJjHI
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) June 25, 2013
"You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will]," Cashman told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York. "Alex should just shut the f--- up. That's it. I'm going to call Alex now."
A day earlier, Cashman had told reporters that Rodriguez had not been given the green light by the team's doctors and that there was no firm date for him to begin playing games.
"He has not been cleared by our doctors to play in rehab games yet," Cashman said on Monday, via USA Today. "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."
Of course, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig could end up with the final say on when Rodriguez returns. The 37-year-old slugger is one of several players linked to shuttered, anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, which allegedly peddled performance-enhancing drugs. According to an "Outside The Lines" report from earlier this month, MLB will seek suspensions against approximately 20 players embroiled in the game's latest PED scandal.
Not long before that "OTL" report on MLB's plan to seek suspensions, Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner also delivered some harsh words for the player who will earn more than all of the Houston Astros this season.
"There have no doubt been times when we've been disappointed in him and we've conveyed that to him and he understands that," Steinbrenner said during a press conference at Yankee Stadium related to the Pinstripe Bowl. "But look, everybody's human and everybody makes mistakes. If you've got a guy over the course of 10 years, there's going to be times any of us make mistakes."
As Cashman sees it, another one of those times just happened.