The New York Yankees, MLB, and Alex Rodriguez drama continues to get worse as the slugger and the Yankees go back-and-forth over his injury. Rodriguez has been on the disabled list all season, but was ready to return to the field on Friday. At least, that is according to Rodriguez.
Yankees team physician, Christopher Ahmad, diagnosed Rodriguez with a grade 1 strain after he injured his leg last weekend according to the Boston Globe. Rodriguez then took it upon himself to seek a second opinion from New Jersey orthopedist Dr. Michael Gross, who did not detect any injury. Rodriguez was then re-examined by the Yankees orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Murphy who agreed with Dr. Ahmad's diagnosis.
The New York Daily News is reporting that Rodriguez will now be punished by the Yankees for seeking a second medical opinion without going through the proper channels first. Rodriguez apparently violated part of baseball's labor agreement by doing so. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said in a conference call on Thursday that Rodriguez would not be returning to the major league team on Friday, instead he would play in a rehab game on Aug. 1 if he doesn't suffer any setbacks from his latest injury.
Rodriguez told WFAN on Thursday that he is ready to play now. “I’ve had plenty of at-bats, I’m anxious and willing to play," Rodriguez said. "They said that obviously I’m an employee and I have to follow my bosses."
The drama between the Yankees and Rodriguez is just a sub plot to a possible lengthy suspension coming from the MLB in regards to Rodriguez's alleged involvement with Anthony Bosch's Biogenesis clinic. There have been reports of Rodriguez facing a minimum 150 game suspension. Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was just suspended for the rest of the 2013 season without pay for his involvement with the same clinic.
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