Braden on Rodriguez: 'He knows what happened'

Dallas Braden still had plenty to say Friday about his verbal altercation with the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez. He wasn't the only one.

Braden took exception Thursday when Rodriguez crossed over the pitcher's mound — with Braden standing just a few feet away — while jogging back to first base after a foul ball.

Braden yelled at Rodriguez demonstratively. A-Rod responded by questioning whether Braden, based on his modest career stats, had a right to raise such a fuss.

A teammate of Braden's taped a photocopy of a 2009 New York Post headline above Braden's locker that read "A-Hole," published during Rodriguez's steroid controversy.

Braden was asked if he believed Rodriguez when Rodriguez claimed he didn't realize he broke baseball etiquette with his wayward trot.

"That's what you're supposed to do when you know you've made an error in judgment and you really don't want to own up to it immediately," Braden said. "He's an intelligent individual. He knows what happened."

Braden had a right to be ticked, according to Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton and Fox broadcaster Tim McCarver. Former Yankees pitcher David Wells told the New York Post that "A-Rod is full of (it)." Rodriguez told the Associated Press he was simply taking the shortest route back to first by crossing over the mound.

Braden was under the weather Friday, and the A's ordered him to go home so his teammates wouldn't get sick. But Braden joked the team didn't want him talking to reporters anymore about A-Rod.

  • Reliever Joey Devine said an initial read from Wednesday's MRI showed a partial tear of the flexor tendon in his right elbow. The MRI was reviewed by Dr. Doug Freedberg in Phoenix, but Devine said he'll visit Alabama-based specialist Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

    Andrews performed Devine's elbow ligament replacement surgery last April. Given Andrews' familiarity with Devine's elbow troubles, he should be able to provide the clearest diagnosis.

    "It seems like every time I'm headed in the right direction, something is there to side-swipe me," said Devine, who missed all of last season and had a setback with his elbow earlier this week.

    — JOE STIGLICH