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A-Rod quietly joins Twitter, tweets injury update

Published On June 26, 2013 | By Sarah Kirkpatrick

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez joined Twitter on May 31, but he’s gone relatively unnoticed, with a small number of followers at least relative to what there should be for the youngest player ever to reach 500 home runs.

But this tweet from the injured 37-year-old caused a bit of a stir Tuesday:

The premature rehab announcement enraged Yankees GM Brian Cashman, who said, “You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will]. Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”

Yikes.

Even after this controversy, however, A-Rod still has only 44,000 followers.

Other baseball players, however, haven’t gone quite as unnoticed. Here’s a list of the most-followed players on each MLB team:

Arizona Diamondbacks: Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) — 117,191 followers

Atlanta Braves: Jason Heyward (@JasonHeyward) — 174,966 followers

Baltimore Orioles: Adam Jones (@SimplyAJ10) — 117,352 followers

Boston Red Sox: David Ortiz (@davidortiz) — 427,654 followers

Chicago Cubs: Edwin Jackson (@EJ36) — 20,083 followers

Chicago White Sox: Jake Peavy (@JakePeavy_44) — 48,001 followers

Cincinnati Reds: Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) — 717,561 followers

Cleveland Indians: Nick Swisher (@NickSwisher) — 1,670,095 followers

Colorado Rockies: Michael Cuddyer (@mcuddy3) — 68,562 followers

Detroit Tigers: Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) — 372,523 followers

Houston Astros: Jose Altuve (@JoseAltuve27) — 29,661 followers

Kansas City Royals: Jeremy Guthrie (@TheRealJGuts) — 56,461 followers

Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout (@Trouty20) — 314,353 followers

Los Angeles Dodgers: Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp) — 319,617 followers

Miami Marlins: Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) — 122,033 followers

Milwaukee Brewers: Nyjer Morgan (@TheRealTPlush) — 78,705 followers

Minnesota Twins: Vance Worley (@VANIMAL_49) — 54,149 followers

New York Mets: Johan Santana (@johansantana) — 170,132 followers

New York Yankees: Robinson Cano (@RobinsonCano) — 384,971 followers

Oakland Athletics: Josh Reddick (@joshreddick16) — 52,432 followers

Philadelphia Phillies: Jimmy Rollins (@JimmyRollins11) — 179,519 followers

Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen (@TheCUTCH22) — 168,506 followers

San Diego Padres: Yonder Alonso (@YonderalonsoU) — 14,921 followers

San Francisco Giants: Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) — 192,648 followers

Seattle Mariners: Felix Hernandez (@RealKingFelix) — 151,472 followers

St. Louis Cardinals: David Freese (@dfreese23) — 202,051 followers

Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) — 176,579 followers

Texas Rangers: Yu Darvish (@faridyu) — 917,606 followers

Toronto Blue Jays: Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19) — 355,115 followers

Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) — 275,918 followers

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About The Author

Sarah is a Seattle native studying journalism at Boston University. She covers track and field, cross country and women’s hockey and is Sports Editor at The Daily Free Press, BU’s independent student newspaper. You can follow her on Twitter at @Kirkpatrick_SJ.