The Alex Rodriguez saga continues—and will probably continue for a while. For those of you who have not been keeping up, here’s a recap of what’s been happening.
Rodriguez was supposed to come of his rehab assignment and join the New York Yankees when they played the Texas Rangers on Monday. However, it was reported he had a Grade 1 quad strain and he would not be able to rejoin the team.
Then, things got interesting.
A day after the Ryan Braun suspension, Rodriguez and a few representatives said Wednesday the Yankees were conspiring with Major League Baseball to keep him out of baseball amidst the biogenisis controversy.
Dr. Michael Gross, one of the representatives, said he looked at the MRI—which was analyzed by team doctor Chris Ahman—and did not find anything that should keep Rodriguez out of play. Unfotunately for Gross, the aiding Rodriguez would publicize a controversy of his own.
According to ESPNNewYork.com, Gross was reprimanded by New Jersey state for not providing sufficient oversight on a licensed employee.
The State Attorney General’s report also said Gross did not “adequately ensure proper patient treatment involving the prescribing of hormones, including steroids,” at the Acting Center for Health & Wellness.
On Wednesday, Gross explained the situation.
"These were not anabolic steroids," the doctor said. "They weren't that stuff. We weren't treating athletes. Steroids are not illegal. They are banned in professional sports, but we weren't treating those people. We were treating people with a medical problem -- low testosterone or menopause."
Next, Rodriguez petitioned the Yankees to join the lineup Friday again the Tampa Bay Rays; but later publicly said he is on board with the Yankees' rehab process. Thursday, the Yankees third baseman appeared on WFAN Sports radio in New York.
"Obviously, I'm an employee. I have to follow my bosses and I was on the phone with both of my bosses. They said there is a protocol," he explained.
However, despite this statement it seems things are far from peachy between A-Rod and the Yankees. The team is likely to fine the third baseman for seeking a second opinion on his quad. Also, it was made public Rodriguez was the person who orginally brought the quad injury to the Yankees attention.
ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Marchand and Wallace Matthews reported, citing sources, Rodriguez most recent quad examination was done by Dr. Dan Murphy in Florida. He told team president Randy Levine that he did not trust Chris Ahmad.
After the examination Rodriguez, one of his attorney’s Jordan Siev, Levine and Cashman participated in a conference call and figured out the rest of Rodriguez’s rehab.
On Thursday, the former Texas Ranger said in a statement:
"I think the Yanks and I crossed signals. I'm excited and ready to play and help this team win a championship. I feel great and I'm ready and want to be in the lineup Friday night. Enough doctors. Let's play."
As far as suspensions go, it is not likely Rodriguez would be suspended this year. If he was suspended he could appeal. Also, players’ association president Michael Wiener said if suspensions are handing out, they would most likely be served in 2014.