CLEARWATER — Alex Rodriguez believes the other 103 positive tests from baseball's 2003 drug survey program should remain anonymous, the Yankees slugger told the YES Network in an interview to be aired today.
Speaking with host Michael Kay for a segment taped before his March 9 right hip surgery, Rodriguez said he does not think releasing the identities of those who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs would help his situation.
"This is really about my mistake," Rodriguez told Kay. "You know, many nights I fell asleep thinking about who I can blame, and this guy, or that guy. And when I woke up, I kept coming back to the same person; it's me. I mean, there's no one to blame. I hope those 103 names never come out."
Rodriguez again apologized for his use of banned substances during his three seasons with the Rangers from 2001 to 2003.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Rodriguez is making progress in his rehab but is unlikely to rejoin the team before it breaks camp April 1.
Nady may get nod: Girardi said if the regular season were under way, Xavier Nady would be the starting rightfielder over Nick Swisher.
Phils: Kendrick out
CLEARWATER — The Phillies optioned RHP Kyle Kendrick to their minor-league camp Monday, cutting the candidates for the final rotation spot to three.
Kendrick was competing with veteran RHP Chan Ho Park, rookie LHP J.A. Happ and top RHP prospect Carlos Carrasco. He struggled in the second half of last season and was 1-3 with a 9.20 ERA in four spring games.
"At first I was upset, but I know what I need to do," Kendrick said. "I need to go down there and work on my secondary pitches, and I'll be back."
Happ held the Yankees to an earned run in five innings in the Phillies' 8-3 win.
Jays: Romero spotty
SARASOTA — LHP Ricky Romero, who is competing for the fifth spot in the Blue Jays' rotation, had a rough time in a 3-0 loss to the Reds.
Romero, rated by Baseball America as Toronto's eighth-best prospect, gave up two runs, seven hits and two walks in five innings. He also threw two wild pitches.