Alex Rodriguez told ESPN radio Thursday that Yankees manager Joe Girardi denied his request to play third base in his Yankee Stadium finale Friday against Tampa.
Rodriguez also appeared to be dismissive of former teammate Derek Jeter when asked if there had been any contact between the two this week as Rodriguez ends his career.
When asked if he had spoken with "Derek", Rodriguez responded "With who?"
Told it was "Derek Jeter", Rodriguez said "About what?"
Rodriguez later admitted he was aware Jeter had reached out to him, but "inbox is completely full" and the two haven't spoken.
Rodriguez, who DH'd and batted cleanup for his final road game Thursday in Boston, is disappointed he won't be playing the field Friday.
"CC [Sabathia] is on the mound [Friday]," said Rodriguez, 41. "There's a lot of history there, and I thought it would be a fun way to go out. The fans of New York remember me more as third baseman. … I can at least make routine plays. That would've been fun for me and our fans."