Alex Rodriguez refused to discuss a Major League Baseball investigation into his involvement in illegal poker games, ending an interview Thursday with a one-word answer.
The New York Yankees had said the injured star would stop his post-workout media session at the team’s minor league training complex in Tampa, Fla., if any reporter posed a non-baseball question.
Rodriguez spoke for several minutes about his recovery from knee surgery. But when asked if he would not discuss the poker games, he said “yep” and walked to his car.
Star Magazine reported last month that several people saw A-Rod playing in games hosted at Hollywood hotels and residences.
The 36-year-old participated in his first on-field activity since having right knee surgery July 14.
DECINCES CHARGED WITH CRIME
Former Baltimore Orioles third baseman Doug DeCinces was charged with insider trading.
DeCinces, 60, made almost $1.3 million trading on advance word about a 2009 merger in the medical technology industry, the Securities and Exchange Commission alleged in a civil complaint.
He tipped off three friends, including his physical therapist, who also profited from trading on the information, the SEC said.
Without admitting or denying wrongdoing, DeCinces settled the case by agreeing to pay $2.5 million, the SEC said.
DeCinces now heads a real estate development firm in Irvine, Calif.
SANTANA SUFFERS ANOTHER SETBACK
Two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana’s schedule of rehab starts has been stopped indefinitely and a return this season is now further in doubt after the Mets announced he is suffering from “fatigue” of the left shoulder.
The Mets have a significant investment in Santana. Not only is he earning $22.5 million this year, he is guaranteed $55 million through the 2013 season.
The Los Angeles Angels have demoted right-hander Joel Piñeiro to the bullpen following his fourth poor start in a row. The former Mariners starter is 5-6 with a 5.31 ERA in 18 starts. In his last four games, the 32-year-old Piñeiro has been tagged for 22 earned runs, 29 hits and five homers in 13 innings. … Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been suspended five games by Major League Baseball for his run-in with umpire Rob Drake in Milwaukee. … Cardinals third baseman David Freese left the game at Florida after being hit in the helmet by a pitch. … Yankees right-hander Mark Prior is scheduled to pitch in a rookie-level Gulf Coast League game, two days after being hit on the left forearm by a ball during batting practice. … The Giants reinstated infielder Mark DeRosa from the 60-day disabled list. DeRosa, hampered by a left wrist strain, has been limited to 18 games this season. … New Pirates first baseman Derrek Lee was a late scratch from the lineup due to a bruised left hand.