Via Jesse Spector -
Because sending a doctor on a media tour to convince the world of his health on Wednesday did not do the trick, Alex Rodriguez spoke for himself on Thursday, issuing a statement that he is just fine, thank you, and ready to play baseball, which would be a novelty for him in a season filled with bad health news, worse speculation about his future in the game and constant sniping between the three-time MVP and the team he plays for, the New York Yankees.
“I think the Yankees and I crossed signals,” Rodriguez said in his statement. “I don’t want any more mixups. 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.”
Oh, this is getting better and better…
Source: A-Rod will be disciplined for seeing doctor without Yankees' permission. Team hasn't decided what it will be.
— steven marcus (@newsdaymarcus) July 25, 2013
Alex Rodriguez’s wish will not be granted. He will not play for the Yankees on Friday night, after undergoing a re-evaluation of his strained left quadriceps by team doctor Dan Murphy on Thursday in Tampa, Fla.
The team recommended Rodriguez continue rest and rehabilitation with the hope Rodriguez would play in a simulated game or a rehab game on Aug. 1. Cashman said he and team president Randy Levine broke the news to Rodriguez on a conference call at 2:30 p.m. with Rodriguez and his attorney, Jordan Siev.
“We agreed that a protocol would be followed that is necessary when you return somebody from a quad injury,” Cashman said in a brief conference call with reporters. “That protocol will include further treatment, which he’ll continue tomorrow, with some light conditioning. And then expand to more functional work from the 27th through the 31st, with our hope, as well as Alex’s hope, without any setbacks or new complaints that would put him in a situation to have either a simulated game or a rehab game on Aug. 1.”