"At this stage, we have no comment," Cashman told the paper.
A-Rod's manager, Guy Oseary, didn't have anything to say about the situation either, according to the Yankees' Web site. His agent, Scott Boras, did not immediately return telephone messages. The Yankees and the Rangers declined to comment.
"We Are Disturbed"
Major League Baseball's executive vice president of labor relations, Rob Manfred, issued the following statement:
"We are disturbed by the allegations contained in the Sports Illustrated news story which was posted online this morning. Because the survey testing that took place in 2003 was intended to be non-disciplinary and anonymous, we can not make any comment on the accuracy of this report as it pertains to the player named.
"Based on the results of the 2003 tests, Major League Baseball was able to institute a mandatory random-testing program with penalties in 2004. Major League Baseball and the Players Association have improved the drug testing program on several occasions so that it is now the toughest program in professional sports. The program bans stimulants, such as amphetamines, as well as steroids.
"Any allegation of tipping that took place under prior iterations of the program is of grave concern to Major League Baseball, as such behavior would constitute a serious breach of our agreement.
"Under Commissioner Selig's leadership, Major League Baseball remains fully committed to the elimination of the use of performance enhancing substances from baseball. As the Commissioner has said, we will continue to do everything within our power to eliminate the use of such drugs and to protect the integrity of the program."
"This Is a Mess"
A friend close to A-Rod told the Daily News Saturday that Rodriguez "has turned his phone off. This is a mess. I'm not sure how he's going to take this. He's never had to deal with anything like this before."
"We Can't Confirm or Deny"
The Major League Baseball Players Association said no one tipped anyone off to a surprise drug test, which chief operating officer Gene Orza was accused of doing for A-Rod in 2004. The organization released the following statement on the leaked test results:
"Information and documents relating to the results of the 2003 MLB testing program are both confidential and under seal by court orders. We are prohibited from confirming or denying any allegation about the test results of any particular player(s) by the collective bargaining agreement and by court orders. Anyone with knowledge of such documents who discloses their contents may be in violation of those court orders."
"Not a Little Thing"
"This is going to be relentless, every day," Dodgers third-base coach Larry Bowa said on the MLB Network. "Alex lets little things bother him, and this is definitely not a little thing, obviously. It's going to be interesting to see how this plays out. This is going to be weighing on his mind. This is not going to go just one day. This is going to go on and on."
"If this is true, he's just got to come forward and say, 'You know what? I tried this,'" Bowa, who spent time with A-Rod in New York, said. "Andy Pettitte did it, Jason Giambi did it. If you're going to just sit there and deny everything, you're going to be in a world of trouble. If he did it, then come forward and be a man. ... If he did it, he's got to face the music. But I feel sorry for what's ahead of him."
Former Texas Rangers' GM John Hart, who was with the team during the 2003 season, wasn't shocked by the news, but he was disappointed.
"I think in the climate that we have today, you don't have much shock anymore," Hart said on the MLB Network Saturday. "Obviously Alex probably is the best player in baseball. This has always been a special talent and the guy has been putting up Hall of Fame numbers since the day he showed up in the big leagues. It saddens me. I've been in the game for almost 40 years and it hurts a little bit, if in fact this is true."
"Alex is a great kid, he's got a conscience and loves the game of baseball," Hart said. "I think, if anything, Alex tries to be a pleaser in a lot of ways. Looking up at what he's done and his career, I think it's going to affect him. He has the ability at times to tune it out, but he's in a huge media market there in New York."
"Just Another Mug Shot"
Joel Sherman, "Harball" columnist for the New York Post, writes the Yankees should've let A-Rod go when they had the chance.
"Except now Rodriguez is going to be just another baseball mug shot alongside Bonds. Forget the celebration. With the revelation today by Sports Illustrated that Rodriguez tested positive in 2003 for two anabolic steroids, his chase becomes soiled. And, in the more immediate future, his association with the Yankees becomes more destructive -- and not just to him."
"Let's face it, A-Rod is human Velcro. Everything negative sticks to him. He is a heat-seeking missile of controversy whether it is sabotaging his relationship with Derek Jeter or canoodling with Madonna. His ego demands overflow attention and his insecurity assures that he cannot handle it. And his stature assures that all of his problems will become the team's problems, placing a hurdle to success even larger than his abundant talent."