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UPDATE: Doctor hired by A-Rod did not examine him, merely looked at an MRI

Jul 24, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

UPDATE: The Post has comments from the doctor. He never examined A-Rod. He merely reviewed A-Rod’s MRI at his request. His verdict: he didn’t say anything significant on the MRI. That said, he takes great pains to say that he wasn’t giving a formal second opinion and is in no position to say whether or not A-Rod can play. It was merely his take on the MRI.

Which sorta makes it sound like A-Rod is doctor shopping with the purpose of getting some sort of message across in what one can only assume is a pretty tense showdown between he and the Yankees regarding his ability to play. Or about the P.R. component regarding whether he is able to play. Which isn’t quite the same thing.

1:30 PM: This is simply delicious:

Is he faking? Are the Yankees keeping him out on purpose? Is the doctor crazypants? Are these things mutually-exclusive? I’d say (a) maybe; (b) maybe; (c) maybe; (d) no.

And that no matter what the truth is here, someone is gonna come out looking bad. Either A-Rod for appearing to be hiding, the Yankees for being unwilling — possibly out of P.R. concerns — to activate a player who might actually improve their team, even if it’s just for a week or two before Bud’s hammer comes down.

As for the doctor: man, this guy sure does speak out of turn a lot for a dude who is supposed to keep client confidentiality. Probably worth noting that doctors can only do that if their patient tells them they can …

As for the Yankees: boy, A-Rod being totally healthy sure would look bad for their alleged attempts to get insurance to cover his contract on some disability retirement scheme. It’s almost as if someone in A-Rod’s position would like to see the Yankees squirm a bit here. It’s almost as if they’d like him to STFU. Hmm …

All I know is that I hope it’s A-Rod who is seen as the bad actor here. He’s murdered 19 people after all, so I’m sure he can take the heat.

  1. nobody78 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Sigh. Saying ARod is “baseball’s Whitey Bulger” ≠ saying he killed 19 people. Yes, it’s a bit over the top, but what he’s saying is that ARod is as much baseball’s most wanted man as Bulger was the FBI’s. Acting like he said “Using steroids and lying about it is the moral equivalent of killing 19 people” is nonsense.

    You’re like the Bill Madden of people getting upset about pundits’ over-reacitons to steroid use.

    • nobody78 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      That’s how you spell “reacitons,” right?

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        I thought that was an allergy medication?

      • robmoore - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        Maybe he means “Reacticon” which is when Frank DeFord transforms into a 1974 Chevy Impala.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      @4:30 pm The Yankees say they can’t find the Doctor who was on Mike Francesa who
      examined and talked to A-Rod so Mike told one of his guys to help the Yankees out and
      call the Doctor and tell him the Yankees are looking for him.By the way the Doctor is the
      head of Orthopedics at Hackensack Hospital.

      OMG, THIS IS SOCANDALOUS!

  2. chiadam - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Wow!!

    Wait, I don’t care.

  3. jayscarpa - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    From ESPN-NY:

    TAMPA, Fla. — Curtis Granderson stopped by to speak with the media members who are staking out Alex Rodriguez outside the Yankees’ minor league complex; Granderson will play five innings tomorrow with the Class A Tampa Yankees to start his rehab assignment. He will play in the field, and will most likely stay with Tampa throughout the weekend.

    Granderson said he saw A-Rod, who stopped and talked with him and Jayson Nix for a few minutes. A-Rod was in good spirits, Granderson said, and wanted to take batting practice with them. He didn’t say anything about his quad.

    Granderson said A-Rod was “like a little kid at recess when we asked him if he wanted to come hit with us, but [Yankees officials] stopped him and said he had to do some other things.”

  4. tcostant - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    More amazing that Mike Francesa let a guess answer a question, usually he tells them the answer…

  5. largebill - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    If I read this article correctly, you’re saying A-Rod will be in the line up tonight and I can snag him off my league’s waiver wire. Cool!

  6. jprcox - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Well, there is one part of the story that doesn’t make any sense. How is that doctor able to comment on ARod without ARods permission? That Dr. could be seriously in trouble if that’s the case, and I can’t help but think any Dr. working on ANY player in the MLB is practiced to SAY NOTHING without permission.

    Story is suspect…and I bet when someone goes to verify with Doc he says something different.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      you should read Dr. Seuss.

    • jwbiii - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      This topic is covered in the first page of comments.

      • jprcox - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        He just said something different….morons.

  7. finchj15 - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Reblogged this on Baseball 101: Finchy's View.

  8. El Bravo - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    ARod’s unhealthy love for cake is the problem here.

  9. deathmonkey41 - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    I heard he used Dr. Mengele.

    • yahmule - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:55 AM

      Stands to reason since he was cloned from Hitler.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:24 AM

        Did they murder his father when he was 14 to replicate the conditions of Hitler’s childhood?

      • yahmule - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        You want to make an omelette, you gotta crack a few eggs.

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