In late June, New York media outlets were running stories from unnamed sources about how Alex Rodriguez had no intention of returning to baseball and about how the New York Yankees were purposely slowing his rehab so he couldn't get back on the field.
At the time, it sounded a bit devious, even by New York tabloid standards.
Now with the latest twist in the A-Rod drama — the strained quad that will prevent him from returning to the Yankees lineup on Monday as planned — the tin-foil-hat-wearing conspiracy lovers are probably running themselves in circles shouting, "I told you so, I told you so."
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On the eve of A-Rod's long-awaited return an MRI pronounces him injured again? Even Manti T'eo might be skeptical.
If you thought A-Rod's return date would come and everything would go smoothly, then you haven't been watching the A-Rod show long enough. This delay — whether you believe the cause of it to be on the up-and-up — is just the latest odd happening in a story that's included a smackdown from his GM, a no-show at a minor-league game and a possible looming suspension.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale breaks down the back-room scenarios that are much juicier than the simple quad injury we're being told about:
[W]ill Rodriguez be gone just long enough for Major League Baseball's investigative team to deliver its findings on Biogenesis, recommending a penalty that assures Rodriguez won't play again while Bud Selig is commissioner?
Is it possible that Rodriguez's quadriceps injury — the reported severity of which came as quite a surprise to Rodriguez — is merely part of a grand plan to fulfill the Yankees' wishes he never wear their uniform again?
Could this be evidence the Yankees need to prove that Rodriguez — who hurt his quad returning from major hip surgery in January — will never be able to physically perform at the major-league level again, permitting them to collect their insurance money and A-Rod to cash in the rest of his $114 million?
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