Yu Darvish’s agent rips Alex Rodriguez over distraction comments

Yu Darvish’s agent has some words for Alex Rodriguez.During the Cubs’ game Sunday against the Cardinals, Rodriguez said the pitcher’s presence in the clubhouse as he was rehabbing was a distraction and bad for the team.”The problem is, and I’m pretty pa sionate about this, when you have 25 players coming to the stadium, you’re there to do one thing and that’s win a ballgame,” Rodriguez during the ESPN telecast after Darvish was shown in the dugout. “You want all the energy, all the focus, all the analytics, all the stretching: What are we going to do today to win a ballgame?”And when you have a guy that signs an enormous contract and he’s sitting down, and you walk in the training room, and he’s got two trainers working on him, you go into the video room and Wilson Ramos Jersey you have a guy looking at video … [Darvish]should be in Arizona somewhere getting treated. But don’t get in the way of 25 players going after one mi sion: to win a ballgame.”Darvish’s agent, Joel Wolfe, was extremely unhappy with Rodriguez’s comments and said it was a “cla sle s” thing to say.”I think it was cla sle s and bordered on unprofe sional to take a little nugget of somewhat exaggerated information from one person that maybe he had history with and turning that into a spokesman for the entire team,” Wolfetold The Athletic.Cubs manager Joe Maddon also disputed Rodgriguez’s claim, saying he “disagreed” with him and that the club was fully supportive of Darvish as he recovered.”Joe Maddon cleared that up afterward. [Rodriguez is] attacking a player who is injured and on the disabled list, which is difficult for any player, especially one who has a big contract and is in his first year [with a new team]. Imagine how difficult Steven Souza Jersey it is for Darvish. But then also attacking him for staying with the team?,” Wolfe said. “During A-Rod’s absurd comments, the video shows that Darvish was right there on the top step in the dugout cheering on his teammates, which is what you want from somebody like that. He wasn’t hiding out in Mesa at the spring-training complex or back home like A-Rod was when he was suspended.”Darvish has struggled since signing a ma sive deal with the Cubs this year. He’s 1-3 with awith a 4.95 ERA in eight starts and has been on the disabled list twice.Darvish currently is dealing with tendinitis in his triceps, which hassidelined him for two months.