TAMPA, Fla. – Alex Rodriguez met Friday with Major League Baseball officials probing the distribution of banned performance-enhancing drugs.
The meeting took place before the New York Yankees third baseman’s latest injury rehabilitation game in the minor leagues was rained out.
While A-Rod didn’t speak with reporters Friday, the meeting was confirmed by a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.
MLB investigators are probing the closed anti-aging clinic Biogenesis. Rodriguez has said he used PEDs while with Texas from 2001-03 but has denied using them since. He was linked to Biogenesis in a report in January by Miami New Times.
It was not known whether Rodriguez refused to answer MLB’s questions.
Coming back from hip surgery in January, he had been scheduled to play third base for Class A Tampa. A-Rod was not at Steinbrenner Field when Friday’s game was called, marking the second straight day he did not speak with reporters. He also did not take part in pregame batting practice with the Tampa players.
Rodriguez started at third on Thursday and fielded one grounder before a sudden downpour made the field unplayable and the game was canceled after one-half inning.
Rodriguez is 2 for 15 (.133) with one RBI in six minor league games for Tampa and Charleston, both Class A farm teams.
In other news, Derek Jeter will miss the weekend series against Minnesota with a strained right quadriceps and the Yankees cannot rule out the star infielder’s return to the disabled list.
After missing the first 91 games of the season because of a broken ankle, the 39-year-old Jeter was activated Thursday but suffered a grade one strain against Kansas City.
INDIANS: Danny Salazar is headed back to Triple-A Columbus, but his return ticket to the majors might come soon.
The 23-year-old took a no-hitter into the sixth, struck out seven and got his first win Thursday in a spot start against Toronto.
BRAVES: B.J. Upton left Atlanta’s game against Cincinnati with an apparent knee injury Friday.
He was injured when he charged Todd Frazier’s run-scoring triple in the first inning.
NATIONALS: Jordan Zimmermann will not pitch in the All-Star game due to a neck injury that Manager Davey Johnson does not believe will necessitate a stint on the DL.
Zimmermann is 12-4 with a 2.58 ERA in 19 starts.
BLUES JAYS: Top draft pick Phil Bickford, the 10th overall selection in last month’s amateur draft, became the only player among the first-round picks not to sign by Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline. The right-hander, who starred at Oaks Christian High School in California, will apparently continue his career at Cal State Fullerton.
The Blue Jays will get the No. 11 pick in next year’s draft as compensation.