New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez could return from a hip injury in as few as 10 days.
But he is already back in the headlines.
More details from Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts' book "A-Rod" were released Wednesday by the New York Daily News. The book alleges Rodriguez did not stop using steroids when he was traded to the Yankees in 2004, and he might have been using as far back as high school, the Daily News reports.
Rodriguez has admitted to using performance-enhancers while with the Texas Rangers from 2001 to 2003, but insists he stopped when he was dealt to New York.
Roberts broke the story that A-Rod failed a steroid test in 2003. Yankees teammates, Roberts writes, nicknamed Rodriguez "B---h T--s" in 2005 because he put on 15 pounds in the offseason that resulted in round pectorals, a condition called gynecomastia that can be caused by anabolic steroids.
Roberts' book, which will be released May 12, also details Rodriguez's relationship with Dominican trainer Angel Presinal, who is banned from major league clubhouses. The Daily News does not say how it obtained a copy of the Harper Collins book.
Rodriguez was not available for comment Thursday morning. He was expected to play in an extended spring training intrasquad game Thursday in Tampa, Fla.
Jose Canseco, a former teammate of Rodriguez, said in the book he believes Rodriguez has been using steroids since high school.
"Was he on steroids in high school?" Canseco said in the book, the Daily News reported. "I think probably so. I worked out with him when he was 18. He could lift almost as much as I could."
Rodriguez put on 25 pounds of muscle between his sophomore and junior years. Former high school teammates told Roberts that A-Rod was using steroids back then and his coach knew it -- an allegation the coach, Rich Hoffman, denied.
Other allegations in Roberts' book, according to the Daily News:
• A-Rod "pitch tipped" when he played for the Rangers by letting opponents at the plate know which pitch was coming in lopsided games. A-Rod expected players he helped would reciprocate when he was having an off night and needed to get his batting average up.
• A-Rod's off-the-field antics including his poker habit; his divorce from his wife, Cynthia, his relationship with Madonna and his other affairs are detailed.
• A-Rod was hated at Hooters, where he tipped the minimum 15 percent.
Rodriguez hit in a simulated game for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, facing minor leaguer pitchers Christian Garcia and Kai Liu, a left-hander from China the Yankees signed two years ago.
Rodriguez slid five times on a sliding mat for the second time, ran the bases and took 112 swings in regular batting practice.
The Yankees said Rodriguez will play in an extended spring training intrasquad game Thursday in Tampa, Fla.
Dr. Marc Philippon watched the three-time AL MVP's on-field workout Wednesday at the Yankees minor league complex and said Rodriguez could return to the majors ahead of his May 15 target date.
Hooters hates A-rod. HA! You bitches should only get tipped 15% for having the nerve to wear those shiteous orange shorts.
That Selena Roberts sure is a crafty one. Releasing the book right when A-rod is scheduled to start playing again. Genius. I might just get the book just to see what and who her "sources" are, besides Jose Conseco. Can't stomach that man.
Will you be reading "A-Rod"?