Alex Rodriguez will not report to spring training with the Yankees’ position players and will work on his rehabilitation from hip surgery in New York.
The third baseman is expected to be sidelined until at least the All-Star break following the Jan. 16 operation.
‘‘I spoke to him last week. He was still barely, I think, on the crutches,’’ Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday. ‘‘There’s not a lot that he can do here.’’
The Miami New Times last month published records that allege Rodriguez purchased performance-enhancing substances in recent years from Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed clinic in Coral Gables, near Rodriguez’s offseason home.
Rodriguez has denied the allegations. Four years ago, Rodriguez admitted using PEDs from 2001-03 while with the Rangers.
‘‘Him being in New York has nothing to do with trying to get rid of a distraction,” said Girardi. “It’s the best place for him to be.’’
Major League Baseball is investigating the New Times report and hopes to acquire the documents.
‘‘MLB has to go through its steps before any of us are really going to be aware of anything,’’ Girardi said.
New York signed former Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis to fill in for Rodriguez. Girardi said that when Rodriguez is able to do more, his rehab situation will change.
Hernandez deal is done
Felix Hernandez and the Mariners finally reached agreement on a contract that is expected to make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.
‘‘I think it’s a great thing for the Seattle Mariners,’’ Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said. ‘‘It’s a great thing for Felix Hernandez, and looking forward to this guy being here for a very long time, obviously.’’
Hernandez’s deal is expected to be for $175 million over seven years. Terms of the contract were not released by the team. Hernandez and Zduriencik will hold a news conference in Seattle on Wednesday afternoon at which Hernandez is expected to sign the contract.
Montero, Gonzalez issue denials
Mariners catcher Jesus Montero again denied any involvement with Biogenesis of America. Montero was named in records belonging to the now-closed clinic that has been linked to performance-enhancing drugs. Montero said he didn’t know why his name popped up in the records. ‘‘I don’t have anything to do with those people,’’ Montero said . . . Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez arrived at spring training in Florida and maintained he has not used performance-enhancing drugs. He was also mentioned in the published report. ‘‘I feel very confident [about exoneration],’’ the 27-year-old lefthander said. ‘‘I think that at the end of the day I’ve never taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I never will.’’ . . . Third baseman Scott Rolen, 38, declined the Reds’ offer to attend spring training but stopped short of saying he’s ready to retire. He’s been limited each of the last three seasons by chronic problems with his left shoulder and back spasms . . . Righthander Mat Latos has agreed to an $11.5 million, two-year contract with the Reds, avoiding what would have been baseball’s first salary arbitration hearing of the year. Latos will receive salaries of $4.25 million this year and $7.25 million in 2014.