A-Rod: Enough doctors, play me Friday
ARLINGTON — One day after Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees clashed over the decision to seek a second opinion on his strained left quadriceps, the third baseman is trying to turn the page.
“I think the Yanks and I crossed signals,” Rodriguez said on Thursday in a statement released through a publicist. “I don’t want any more mix ups. 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.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in Arlington that he had not spoken to general manager Brian Cashman about the situation, but Girardi is not expecting to be able to write Rodriguez’s name in Friday’s lineup against the Rays.
“I’m sure they’ll go through all the proper rehab channels and we’ll move forward every day,” Girardi said.
Asked if he would be surprised to have Rodriguez in the clubhouse on Friday at Yankee Stadium, Girardi replied, “Yeah, I would think so. Yeah.”
Cashman released a statement on Wednesday that indicated Rodriguez has acted contrary to Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement by failing to inform the team that he was seeking a second opinion.
On Sunday, Yankees team physician Christopher Ahmad diagnosed Rodriguez with a Grade 1 strain of his left quad after an exam and MRI in New York. As a result, the Yankees said that Rodriguez would remain on the disabled list and return to Florida to rest and receive treatment.
But on Wednesday, Ahmad’s diagnosis was questioned by Dr. Michael Gross, chief of orthopedics of Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J. Gross said on WFAN Radio in New York that Rodriguez had asked him to look over the MRI to offer a second opinion.
Gross acknowledged to WFAN’s Mike Francesa that he has never treated Rodriguez in person and only spoke to the third baseman over the phone, but after spending about 20 minutes looking at the image, he saw no reason that Rodriguez couldn’t be in the Yankees’ lineup.
Cashman said in his statement that the Yankees would re-evaluate Rodriguez on Thursday, but it is unclear if the team will actually activating Rodriguez for Friday’s game against the Rays.
If Rodriguez is healthy and able to contribute at the Major League level, it would figure that the Yankees could use his help; the club is currently using a platoon of David Adams and Brent Lillibridge at third base.
“As you know, it is the Yankees’ desire to have Alex return to the lineup as soon as possible. And we have done everything to try and accomplish this,” Cashman said.