Update: Third opinion confirms Grade I quad strain for A-RodBy
(Update by Benjamin Kabak) 6:27 p.m.: A-Rod himself just went on Mike Francesa’s show on WFAN and stressed his desire to play. It doesn’t sound like he trusts the Yankees’ medical staff right now (fast forward to the 4:30 mark for that one), but he said he has to listen to his bosses. Give the whole thing a listen below (or here on Soundcloud. What a circus this is turning out to be.
5:23pm: The Yankees will fine Rodriguez for not notifying the team before getting the second opinion, according to Jon Heyman. No idea how much, but it’ll be a drop in the A-Rod bucket no matter what.
3:24pm: A-Rod was examined by Dr. Dan Murphy in Tampa, who went over the MRI and agreed with the original Grade I quad strain diagnosis, according to Brian Cashman. There has been some improvement and the two sides agreed to a rehab plan. They hope to get Alex back into a simulated or rehab game on August 1st.
2:30pm: Via Steven Marcus: The Yankees will indeed discipline Alex Rodriguez for violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement and getting a second opinion on his quad injury without notifying the team in writing. They have not yet decided what that discipline will be, but I would be surprised if it was something serious like a lengthy suspension.
A-Rod, meanwhile, issued a statement today saying yesterday’s fiasco was the result of “crossed signals.” You can read the full statement right here. Unfortunately, “enough doctors, let’s play” isn’t nearly as catchy as “we play today, we win today, das it.” Rodriguez is being re-evaluated again today, presumably by a team-approved doctor.