As the World Turns: Latest news on the Yankees/A-Rod drama

Alex+RodriguezAlex Rodriguez was on his way back to the Bronx last week, but that was before a supposed quad strain and a suspension to Ryan Braun. Since then the story has gone absolutely bonkers. Here is the latest:

• In the wake of Braun agreeing to a plea deal with MLB there was speculation that A-Rod could do the same, but Bob Nightengale reported that he’s not interested in a Biogenesis-related settlement and plans to appeal any potential suspension.

• Joel Sherman points out that the Yankees might actually prefer if A-Rod appealed because it would delay any suspension to next season which would give them luxury tax relief. A 150-game suspension would save the Yankees roughly $21 million.

• Evidence against A-Rod is supposedly “far beyond” the evidence MLB had on Braun. They are said to be considering a lifetime ban, but that just might be a negotiating tactic.

• A-Rod has hired David Cornwell, the attorney Braun used to win his 2011 PED appeal.

• There has been some speculation that the Yankees could be using a phantom injury to keep A-Rod from coming back only to immediately be suspended. Well, Dr. Michael L. Gross went on WFAN on Wednesday and said that he looked at A-Rod’s MRI and didn’t see the reported Grade 1 strain.

“To be perfectly honest, I don’t see any sort of injury there,” Gross said on WFAN. “I asked him that specifically. I said, ‘A-Rod, does anything hurt?’ And he said, ‘No.’ If there’s no pain — to me, as an orthopedist — that means there’s no injury.”

“I asked him, ‘Do you think you’re fit to play?’ And he said, ‘100 percent,'” Gross said. “I’m guessing a guy who’s been playing ball his entire life knows his body. If he thinks he’s fit to play, that’s what he said.”

• The problem with that is it’s against the CBA for A-Rod to get a second opinion like that without notifying the Yankees. Here’s Brian Cashman’s response:

“Contrary to the Basic Agreement, Mr. Rodriguez did not notify us at any time that he was seeking a second opinion from any doctor with regard to his quad strain,” Cashman said. “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.”

“As early as Friday, July 12, when I suggested to Alex that we move his rehab from Tampa to Triple-A Scranton (at Buffalo), Alex complained for the first time of ‘tightness’ in his quad and therefore refused to consent to the transfer of his assignment,” Cashman said.

“Again, last Sunday, Alex advised that he had stiffness in his quad and should not play on Sunday or Monday. We sent Alex to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for an MRI which evidenced a Grade 1 strain.”

“As always, we will follow the rules and regulations set forth in the Basic Agreement, and will again re-evaluate Alex in Tampa (on Thursday), as our goal is to return him to the lineup as soon as he is medically capable of doing so,” Cashman said.

• But then, conveniently, the doctor spoke with the NY Post and said that he didn’t examine A-Rod, it wasn’t a formal second opinion, he merely reviewed the MRI at his request.

• Then we find out that MLB is now investigating A-Rod’s link with this Dr. Gross because Gross was recently reprimanded by the New Jersey Attorney General for “failing to adequately ensure proper patience treatment involving the prescribing of hormones, including steroids.”

TO SUM UP: MLB is considering a lifetime ban for A-Rod is going to fight any possible suspension. He’s currently sitting out with an injury that might be fake, and he could be taking steroids to this very day even as he’s under investigation by MLB. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Photo credit: (June 23, 2010 – Source: Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America).

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5 Responses to As the World Turns: Latest news on the Yankees/A-Rod drama

  1. bromes says:

    Simply put… Arod is something of a scumbag… but the people who run the yankees are even bigger scumbags

  2. JJK says:

    The 2013 Yankees are a joke. Thanks for nothing Cashman and management! Good luck with getting under your precious salary cap for year 3049!

    – no longer a fan because the 1980s Yankees sucked enough and I really miss the Boss

  3. leeteam says:

    Lifetime ban? What did he do, sleep with Selig's wife?

  4. jfs says:

    so apparently the CBA states that its a 50 game offense for the first time you get caught unless bud selig and others really dislike you.

    that said. bring on the ban and take a portion of the money saved on the contract to a) make the team better b) have ibanez go to a-rods house and say "hey, remember that time when i was 40 years old and pinch hit for you in the playoffs?"

  5. lazlosother says:

    I don't think the ban would be for PED use, there is no precedent there. PED use gets a suspension. I think the ban would be for interfering with the investigation, attempting to acquire and destroy evidence. MLB is still investigating that and it may be why they haven't acted yet inspite of the "overwhelming" evidence of PED use.

    In my opinion (and I may be off the wall here), Selig would have to find Alex interfered with the investigation and invoke Rule 21, paragraph (f) in order to ban him. Whatever happens, the aftermath will be gloriously grotesque.

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