Yankees angered by A-Rod’s challenge to MRI
Rodriguez is challenging the team physician’s diagnosis of his quadriceps strain, and believes he’s ready to play.
New York Times News Service and The Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas — The New York Yankees are infuriated at Alex Rodriguez for what they see as a ham-handed challenge to the team physician’s diagnosis of his Grade 1 quadriceps strain, according to a baseball official who has been briefed on the Yankees’ thinking.
Rodriguez had another doctor go on talk-radio station WFAN in New York on Wednesday to say that he saw the MRI test of A-Rod’s quadriceps and saw no strain.
“To be perfectly honest, I don’t see any sort of injury there,” said Dr. Michael Gross, chief of orthopedics at Hackensack Medical Center in New Jersey.
The baseball official said the Yankees are investigating whether the third baseman violated the collective bargaining agreement by seeking a second opinion without notifying them.
A-Rod, according to an associate, is eager to begin playing and does not understand why the Yankees have shelved him, or why they are keeping him away from the team when shortstop Derek Jeter, who has the same injury, is rehabbing with the team in Texas.
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