It wouldn't be the start of the new week without talking about Alex Rodriguez and the ongoing saga with the New York Yankees. It's been relatively tame lately, since the announcement of his 211-game suspension and his appeal. But things are back on the move, as A-Rod confirmed early Monday that he is filing a grievance against the Yankees.
ESPN New York first broke the story on Monday morning, stating that the grievance is being filed for the Yankees mishandling his medical treatment dating back to the 2012 postseason.
The confirmation of a grievance was a result of Joe Tacopina, Rodriguez's attorney, told the New York Times that he felt the Yankees concealed MRI results and knowingly played Rodriguez during the postseason with a torn left hip labrum throughout the playoffs. Yankees president Randy Levine and GM Brian Cashman have denied the claims, but Tacopina told the Times that the Yankees "rolled him out there like an invalid and made him look like he was finished as a ballplayer."
An MRI on the right hip showed no damage, so Rodriguez continued to play. The argument between Rodriguez and the Yankees centers around the MRI. Cashman noted on Sunday that Rodriguez had complained to the team about a sensation of not being able to "fire" with his surgically repaired right hip, not his left, while struggling in the ALDS. With no damage to the right hip shown, Rodriguez played and fought to remain in the lineup.
I found out about 10-12 days later, after Detroit, that I had a big hole in my left hip. Dr. Marc Philippon said I needed to have immediate surgery. So that's that. The MRI is the MRI. I had a big hole in my left labrum. I'm just telling you what the doctors were saying.
Look, I love this team. I love the fans of New York City. This is a very complicated situation, but we're doing the best we can.
Rodriguez believes that his teammates have supported him while the appeal and now this situation plays out. He also hopes that one day he can fully reconcile with the Yankees organization, including Levine and Cashman.