Cashman: A-Rod will not be ready to play until some time in August at the earliest

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Regardless of Alex Rodriguez’s desired schedule and no matter how fine he thinks he is, Brian Cashman has different ideas.

Mark Feinsand of the Daily News just tweeted that Cashman said that A-Rod was seen by a team-approved doctor in Tampa who went over his MRI and concurred that A-Rod has a grade 1 quad strain. The team had a conference call with A-Rod and his camp in which they discussed a rehab protocol. That protocol: A-Rod will continue his rehab work through July 31. If there are no setbacks, he will play in a rehab game or a simulated game on August 1.

Cashman added that while A-Rod might want to be back this Friday, such a schedule “wouldn’t be responsible.”

They know his health better than any of us do. But why do I still feel like Cashman is stalling for time. Or stalling for Bud Selig? And that this little A-Rod drama of the past couple of days has been designed to blow that plan up?