Nelson Cruz stood in front of his Rangers teammates on Monday to apologize for his role in the Biogenesis scandal actions that led to him being suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball. That same day the Yankees held a team meeting in Chicago to discuss their sinking season. Joe Girardi spoke as did captain Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano the team’s best player. Alex Rodriguez did not. Earlier that day A-Rod had been slapped with a 211-game suspension by MLB for his part in the Biogenesis scandal a historic penalty that he plans to fight filing an official appeal on Wednesday. After the Yankees dropped two of three games against the lowly Padres over the weekend they arrived in Chicago and were greeted by the A-Rod circus. Hundreds of media types descended on U.S. Cellular Field to cover the Rodriguez story a potential distraction that appeared to be one of the reasons Girardi decided to call the meeting. “He wanted to make sure we were focused” one player said. “That we weren’t feeling sorry for ourselves.” Unlike Cruz who reportedly broke down while addressing his teammates Rodriguez remained silent during the Yankees’ brief get-together. Should he have gotten up and said a few words to his teammates? “I don’t think he needs to” Vernon Wells said. “Everyone knows what the situation is. Everyone is fully aware of everything that’s going on. “It’s not a distraction in our eyes; it’s something he has to deal with. Most of us may get a couple questions here or there we may see more people in here but I think we have enough media that’s usually around this team. The first day was a bit of a mess but after that it’s been normal.” Another Yankee who asked not to be named didn’t believe A-Rod owed the team any apology or explanation — at least “not yet.” But if he’s still facing a suspension when the appeal process is complete A-Rod will have to stand up and be accountable for his actions. “He’ll need to come in and explain everything” the player said. “Nobody is going to fault him for it; people make mistakes. You just have to own up to them. He’s still going to come back and be part of the team so a five-minute talk wouldn’t hurt anybody. When it’s all said and done he’ll need to. Not yet.”