NEW YORK — Now that Alex Rodriguez is back on the field and producing, the New York Yankees have put all the acrimony behind.
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is pleased with A-Rod’s performance in his return from a season-long drug suspension.
The 39-year-old, shifted to primarily designated hitter, began May 20 with a .248 batting average, and his 10 homers and 22 RBIs were both second on the team behind Mark Teixeira.
Speaking before a Major League Baseball executive council meeting on May 20, Steinbrenner said “He’s been a great asset. And he’s been playing well, and he’s been producing.”
Steinbrenner did not discuss details of the dispute between Rodriguez and the team over a $6 million marketing bonus. General Manager Brian Cashman has said the Yankees feel they don’t owe the payment to A-Rod, a stance that could trigger a grievance.
“If there’s any contractual obligations on our end, we’re going to meet them,” Steinbrenner said.
(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)