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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. jayscarpa - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    I agree about the doc & most other stuff but I don’t think the Yankees would suffer much negative feedback if it turns out they stashed him. Even if they are bringing back David Adams.

    It was a fine post but then you just had to add that last sentence.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Did you want to see a reference to The Who’s Quadrophenia Tour instead?

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      oh really, Yankee fans will not like the fact the team is putting monies owed to A-Rod
      before winning, I guarantee that!

      • jayscarpa - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        What does money have to do with it? He gets paid either way.

      • lessick - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        They seem to be putting monies owed before winning when it comes to Michael Pineda.

      • jayscarpa - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        What does Pineda have to do with it?

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        jay, are you for real, stop being a smart ass. I think you know the Yankees are trying any and everything to not pay the contract and I believe they are working with MLB.

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        jayscarpa, if you don’t know then I suggest you read about what 125 million has
        to do with it.

      • jayscarpa - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Mr. Evil: My point about the money is that the only way ARod does not get most of his $$$ is if MLB bans him for life and the ban sticks. The Yankees have no say in the matter. The Yankees can play him or don’t play him – they still have to pay him either way.

        .

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        jayscarpa

        There is more than one than one issue happening with Arod and the Yankees not having to pay him.

        Yes, there is the whole issue with his entire remaining contract as you mentioned.

        But, even if he were squeaky clean, no PED’s, since he’s been injured this year and if he doesn’t play at all or only very little (I don’t pretend to know the exact particulars) but the Yankees could have insurance cover up to like 70% of his salary for this season alone due to his being injured.

        By Arod getting back on the field and playing and then fighting whatever suspension comes down from Bud and MLB, he’ll still be playing and they’ll have to pay him.

        Also, with his experience, they can’t keep him playing in the minors. The only way to keep him from playing is for him to be injured and it appears the Yankees might be trying to do this, possibly that is.

        All of this is just plain sad though…

  2. lazlosother - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Well, you’ve got to admit that for bizarre happenings, from STFU-gate to phantom inuries to negotiating/not negotiating with MLB to being cleared to play to not being cleared to play to overblown self righteous rants in the media, A-Rod is a tough act to top.

    Hat tip to the centuar.

  3. raysfan1 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Lets see, if the doctor is speaking about a patient without that patient’s permission (other than to those with a legal right to know, such as his insurance carrier), then that is a HIPAA violation. Each violation could result in a fine of $250K. Brilliant.

    • mreezybreezy - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      My thoughts exactly. Isn’t there some doctor-patient confidentiality or something here?

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        well you are wrong, how many Doctors do you know that would call into a sports radio show to discuss his patients status without seeking his approval first.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      According to riveraveblues.com:

      Gross performed an MRI earlier and apparently had authority from Rodriguez to discuss the results on the air. “To be perfectly honest, I don’t see any injury there,” Gross said while acknowledging that a slight Grade 1 strain may not appear on an MRI.

      http://riveraveblues.com/2013/07/a-rods-doctor-says-there-is-no-quad-injury-91406/

      • jayscarpa - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        Thanks. .

    • chip56 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      @RiverAveBlues 3m
      RT @ihateprospects: Francesa just confirmed that A-Rod signed a written HIPAA waiver for his doctor to appear

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Hey Raysfan, are you serious, why do you think the Doctor went to Francesa in the first place, because A-Rod wants it out there he is not hurt and the Yankees are keeping him out.
      Do you really think wfan would risk a law suit or are just too smart.

      • raysfan1 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        I said “if” the doctor did not have permission because I did not know whether he did or not. Thank you to the commenters above who did the legwork to show he did have permission.

        The media outlet would not have been liable under HIPAA because the law only applies to persons/groups involved in healthcare. The physician is the one who would have been facings fines and a potential lawsuit had he not been specifically authorized by his patient to discuss his case.

    • anxovies - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Even an insurance company has to have a HIPPA release.

      • raysfan1 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Yes they do, but providing them need-to-know information is not a violation even without that form.

  4. kcroyal - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    I love this site, but the A-Rod and seroid apology stuff is really annoying.

  5. upperdecker19 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Can the doctor elaborate on why A-Roid has turned an orangish color with purple lips?

    • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      ManTan used to do that to me when I was a kid. They took it off the market when they invented tanning beds.

  6. rbj1 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    If they diagnosed from an MRI image, that piece of objective information should still be around. The insurance company certainly would like to see it if the Yankees want to collect.

  7. sportsfanjay - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Once speeding down the highway to Cooperstown, A-Rod has run out of fuel in the desert with no gas station in sight.

  8. Old Gator - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Curioser and curioser.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      It makes me wonder about what’s going on in Arod’s mind. It’s almost like he’s heading in the direction of Anna Nicole Smith/ Amy Winehouse via a different route. His own worst enemy.

  9. rayburns - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Who is writing the checks for this doctor? A-Rod? Then of course he’s going to say nothing’s wrong with A-Rod. It pushes the ‘conspiracy’ narrative that A-Rod is floating out there as a trial balloon. If it’s a Yankees or MLB doctor who’s saying this, then its an entirely different matter.

    Context is all…

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      Wait what? Arod is pushing the conspiracy theory?

      • rayburns - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        A-Rod’s people are pushing (I’m sure A-Rod knows nothing about this) a narrative that the Yankees and MLB are colluding (and I use that word deliberately) to ensure that A-Rod never appears in a major league ballpark again and that the Yankees recover something from the contract debacle.

        Stephen A. Smith ‘broke’ the story this morning. Another reporter confirmed that A-Rod’s camp has been floating that story around.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        Stephen A. Smith ‘broke’ the story this morning. Another reporter confirmed that A-Rod’s camp has been floating that story around.

        Yes, today they are saying that. Maybe that’s because the NYDN and the NYP and about 15 other articles have been floated from “yankee sources” that they are trying to defraud Arod.

        So again, he’s not pushing the conspiracy theory. He’s responding to one that’s already out there.

  10. tbutler704 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    This is great! Everyday a new turn in the A-Rod saga!

    Maybe later this afternoon MLB will hit this bum with a lifetime ban. I hate A-Rod, put him in baseball jail for life.

    And free Pete Rose!!

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Have you seen what Pete Rose has beein doing in his free time? I don’t know how much more free we want him to be.

      • tbutler704 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        At least Charlie Hustle never took any PEDs…..or maybe he did who the hell knows anything anymore. Nevertheless, free Pete Rose man.

  11. wheels579 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Even if you assume A-Rod authorized this public disclosure, why would any reputable doctor involve himself in this situation? Why would anyone want this guy for a doctor as a result?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      He took PEDs, he didn’t molest little kids. Jesus some of you sit atop some high horses.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        And not even in some juicy Giancarlo Godiva kind of way. :(

  12. losanginsight - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    I wonder what the Halos are going to do with Puljos. It looks like it hurts him to run now but he has 8 years left..Rookie GMs

  13. JB (the original) - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Unrelated to the PEDs but on the same page, why not have him take look at Jeter as well because I got a feeling that his inability to perform has nothing to do with his quad either.

  14. bills399 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I don’t think he is accused of murder I think he is accused of being a habitual liar and cheater. the media isn’t allowed to write articles criticizing someone like this? I mean they were allowed to paint the duke lacross kids as gang rapists and George Zimmerman as a white guy who kills black kids because he hates them. So the media gets away with doing that but I criticize them for pointing out arods lies and record of cheating? Hmmmmm.

    • DJ MC - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      You just made Craig’s point by putting the cheating of a professional athlete in a sport with little value beyond entertainment at the same level as rape and murder.

      You don’t like how those other cases were treated, discuss them on their own merits. Using them as a comparison not only artificially inflates the importance of the sports scandal (and the whole basis of your complaint involves removing any, ahem, artificial inflation) but deflates the importance of those cases, which is bad for everyone.

  15. melidoperez - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Either he and the Yankees are teaming up to commit insurance fraud or the Yankees are doing it on their own. The only other thing I can really think of is that they’re all working together to figure out Alex’s suspension and his rehab is to make sure he’s ok for ’14.

    • tbutler704 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      I’d be really impressed if the Yanks were trying to pull an insurance scam in cahoots with A-Rod. Insurance companies are about the only bunch I hate more than the Yanks and A-Rod.

  16. unclemosesgreen - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, the A-Rod Zone!

    • nbjays - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Even Rod Serling would think this whole A-Rod saga is a bit on the strange side.

  17. Stiller43 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    ” He’s murdered 19 people after all, so I’m sure he can take the heat.”

    Its a metaphor. Ever hear of those?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      It’s still bullshit, which we’ve called out multiple times. Stop being one of those people who constantly repeats shit thinking it’ll suddenly become true.

      • Stiller43 - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        What am i repeating? I said something the two times craig has, so he’s doing the same thing then.

        The writer didnt say he’s as bad as murderer in general, or the specific accused murderer in question. He simply analogized his level of wanted to him…yet all craig takes away is “oh man this guy thinks arods as bad a murderer! hmmphh!!”

        Bad analogy or not, he never said he was as bad as a murderer.

      • strk3 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

        Thank goodness you’re here to police this place. Where would it be without you!?

  18. bgrillz - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Craig, you have become a cartoon character. You just keep making these dopey comparisons about steroid cheaters to murderers, like calm down everyone, they only cheated. They aren’t that bad of people. It’s getting tired.

    • El Bravo - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      You clearly don’t read b/c that is precisely the opposite of what Craig has done.

      • bgrillz - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        Read all of Craig’s blogs, and get back to me on who can read…He has constantly been saying why the outrage it’s not like they are murderers. That was a typo on my part in the original post. I can read.

      • El Bravo - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        Ah, typo. Now I get you and I’m gonna have to respectfully disagree with your accusation. The comparisons have been made by others and Craig has said why those comparison are dumb. Nothing wrong with that is there?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      You’re totally right, Craig is like the Whitey Bulger of baseball blogging.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        Calcaterrorist?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        We have a new clubhouse leader.

  19. uyf1950 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Is there a reason why the Doctors name isn’t mentioned in the tweet or and I assume in Mike Francesa’s interview piece that the Doctors name isn’t mentioned either?

    On the surface patient/doctor privilege has been violated but the interviewer/tweet doesn’t want to release the doctors name.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      the Dr had Arod’s authority so no privilege was violated.

    • chip56 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      @RiverAveBlues 3m
      RT @ihateprospects: Francesa just confirmed that A-Rod signed a written HIPAA waiver for his doctor to appear

  20. chip56 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    I think the Yankees want to keep him off the roster for three reasons:

    1. Keep the media storm away from the team
    2. Continue to have insurance pay his salary
    3. MLB is going to wait for Alex to be activated before suspending him. If the Yankees can push that deeper into next season it means they’re on the hook for less money next year.

    Either way – at this point Alex has nothing to lose by pissing off the Yankees any more. They’ve treated him like crap this year and beaten him up in the press. I have no sympathy for them if he’s fighting back.

    • jwbiii - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      As long as the insurance topic has come up,

      The Yankees’ insurance policy on the contract includes a four-month deductible, and after that, they are reimbursed for 33 percent of the salary in the first year. If Rodriguez is considered permanently disabled, the insurance will cover 75 percent of the remaining money after the four-month period.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/sports/baseball/yankees-hitched-to-alex-rodriguez-an-aging-star-anatomy-of-a-deal-and-doubts.html?pagewanted=4&_r=2

  21. yankeepunk3000 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    his doctor sure is a diva. any chance he gets he spills the beans…and ROIDS…that’s bad doctor patient confidentiality

  22. goawaydog - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    someone is going to owe the Daily News an apology

  23. anxovies - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Let’s see, a journalist saying something that isn’t true ab out ARod v. a doctor violating physician-patient confidentiality. Hmmm…

  24. jayscarpa - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Someone has to get Cashman on the phone and get a reaction.

    • jwbiii - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      “A-Rod’s doctor needs to STFU!”

  25. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Just read the quote, and the headlines being bandied about are not really accurate. The doctor said a grade 1 strain is something diagnosed more by the player’s symptoms and that it would not show up on a scan. Then he said he looked at the scan and didn’t see anything. Four days after complaining about tightness/soreness in his quad, ARod now says he doesn’t feel pain.

    So, Alex was sore last week and now he isn’t, and I have read this news on no less than 6 websites in the last half-hour.

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