Baseball Notebook: Derek Jeter says Yanks have to move on minus A-Rod

Baseball Notebook: Derek Jeter says Yanks have to move on minus A-Rod


Baseball Notebook: Derek Jeter says Yanks have to move on minus A-Rod


Derek Jeter says the Yankees have no choice but to move forward now that Alex Rodriguez has accepted his suspension for the 2014 season.

Rodriguez ended his extended and acrimonious fight with Major League Baseball on Friday, withdrawing a pair of lawsuits that were filed in an attempt to overturn a season-long ban for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal — the longest penalty in the sport’s history related to performance-enhancing drugs.

Jeter spoke Monday at the Yankees’ minor-league complex. He said he has texted with A-Rod since the lawsuits were dropped.

Rodriguez was given a 211-game ban last year by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig that was reduced to 162 plus the 2014 postseason by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. A-Rod sued MLB and the union in federal court in Manhattan, claiming the arbitration process was flawed. Rodriguez’s lawyers filed notices of dismissal in both cases.

“He’s not here for this season, so we’re going to have to find ways to win with the team that we have,” Jeter said. “It’s a complicated situation, but it’s pretty much played out. That’s what has happened.

“You’d have to ask him how he feels about it, if he’s glad that it’s over with,” Jeter said. “It’s a situation that he has to deal with. Now it’s over and it’s done with, and we’ll move on from there. But you’d have to ask him how he feels about that.”

Rodriguez will be 39 when eligible to return in a year. The Yankees owe him $21 million in 2015 and $20 million in each of the final two seasons of a record $275 million, 10-year deal.

Notes: Jeter, limited to 17 games last season after breaking his ankle during the 2012 AL Championship Series, started his fourth week of on-field work. … Righty Michael Pineda, a fifth-starter candidate sidelined the past two years by a right shoulder injury, is throwing off a mound. “I’m feeling 100 percent right now, and my body is in perfect shape,” said a trimmed down 260-pound Pineda. “Everything is in the past. I’m ready to go.” … C Francisco Cervelli, who broke his right hand April 26, and then was suspended for 50 games on Aug. 5 following MLB’s investigation of the same Florida anti-aging clinic that ensnared Rodriguez, is also doing early work. “Last year was a disaster, and we just take the positives out of everything for being a better person and a better player,” Cervelli said.

Astros: Houston Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart has apologized after he reportedly used a gay slur to describe pop star Justin Bieber when he tweeted a message to a former teammate. Cosart deleted the offensive tweet from his account and apologized for “a very poor choice of words.” He also says in a tweet that the earlier post does not reflect who he is as a person.

The Astros also released a statement Monday night calling Cosart’s tweet “unacceptable” for any member of the organization. The Astros say they talked to Cosart about the post and he is “extremely remorseful.”

Dodgers: Josh Beckett said he will be ready for the start of the Dodgers’ season after having a rib removed last July in a surgery to alleviate a nerve condition that was affecting his right arm. Beckett breezed through his first bullpen session in Arizona. He threw 30 pitches with no sign of trouble.

The right-hander is expected to battle newly acquired Paul Maholm for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation this spring.

Nationals: Right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard and Washington agreed on a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

Clippard’s deal means all eight Nationals players who initially filed for arbitration wound up settling before a hearing.

Clippard, who earned $4 million in 2013, asked for a raise to $6.35 million, while the team offered $4.45 million.

Twins: Minnesota GM Terry Ryan said he has been diagnosed with cancer and he will not be with the team for the start of spring training so he can focus on treatment and recovery. The Twins released a statement from Ryan, 60, that described the recent discovery of a lump in his neck by the team physician during a routine annual physical. The subsequent biopsy revealed squamous cell carcinoma, which is a form of skin cancer.

“Thankfully, incremental tests indicate the cancer appears to be confined to my neck and has not spread to other regions of my body,” Ryan said, adding in his statement: “I’ve been assured this form of cancer is treatable and remain optimistic about my return to good health in the near future.”

He began informing the Twins of the situation last week, assistant general manager Rob Antony said.

Ryan has begun treatment at two area centers: the Mayo Clinic and Minnesota Oncology, at Eyunni’s direction. He said he’s “highly confident in the proven leadership” of the team’s baseball operations department, including Antony, vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff and manager Ron Gardenhire. Ryan also thanked the doctors for their work and friends and colleagues for their support.


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