Alex Rodriguez offers a sensible no-comment; his silence is characterized as “deafening”

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Seemingly upset that we are now entering, like, the fifth controversy-free month of Alex Rodriguez’s return to the Yankees, Bill Madden of the Daily News attempts to stir some up today by letting slip that the Yankees have, at some point recently, offered to settle their disagreement with A-Rod over the home run milestone bonus by making a charitable donation.

A sensible attempt at resolution by the Yankees and one that Rodriguez could be well-served to accept for any number of practical, strategic, charitable and public relations reasons. Of course, the Yankees aren’t talking about that publicly and Rodriguez won’t comment on it publicly because there’s little sense in doing such a thing. To Madden, however, this is telling in some way:

In his ever-percolating home run milestone grievance with the Yankees — which was expected to come to a head Saturday but was pushed back until Monday — Alex Rodriguez’s silence is deafening . . .

This because A-Rod sidestepped the question about the charitable donation by saying:

“If you guys are so interested in my charities, I’ll be at the Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday,” said a smiling Rodriguez Sunday. “That’s a great organization and we welcome all you guys to come out and give the Boys and Girls Club some exposure.”

The monster.

Madden also Maddens it up really good by saying “Rodriguez, however, has given no indication to the union or the Yankees that he has any intentions other than trying to make them pay him the full $6 million bonus . . .” This a couple of paragraphs after he reports that the [soft] deadline for Rodriguez to file his grievance has came and gone with no grievance being filed and that the union is attempting to reach a resolution that avoids an arbitration hearing on the matter.

To sum up: a guy offers a friendly and clever no-comment to a question he shouldn’t be answering and is generally laying low about a controversial matter that could prove to be distracting to a contending team. Yet “his silence is deafening.”

For crying out loud.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.