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Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers file grievance over Yankees’ medical treatment

Aug 18, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

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The lawyers of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez have contacted the Major League Baseball Players Association to begin a grievance process over claims the Yankees mishandled Rodriguez’s medical treatment dating back to last October, according to ESPN’s Andrew Marchand.

Rodriguez’s lawyers accuse the Yankees of putting Rodriguez in the field despite his bad hip, and they have accused Yankees president Randy Levine of telling a surgeon that he would be fine if Rodriguez was never able to play again. They also say that the Yankees did not allow Rodriguez to play with a Grade 1 quad strain despite Rodriguez’s claims that he was healthy enough to play.

Per ESPN, Levine told Rodriguez yesterday to “put up or shut up”, offering to publicize his medical records with his consent.

Marchand notes that Rodriguez’s camp notifying the union is the first official step towards having the situation resolved by arbitrator Frederic Horowitz. Horowitz will also arbitrate Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension, but that isn’t expected to resolve until November at the earliest.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    In a fight between Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees, I don’t know who I want to see lose more.

    • theskinsman - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      I’d prefer to see both lose,and continue to do so.

      • badintent - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        Nah, It was much more fun to watch the Red Sox management stab Bobby V in the back and each other last year.. Can’t wait to see the Sox blow up in September when they have to play the East every day.

        As always , Bucky Dent

      • theskinsman - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        That season long stay in 4th place getting to you,I’d say. Can’t wait to hear you post how many WS trophies the Yanks bought…like those ghosts are about to suit up again.Go watch Yankee classics,they don’t suck there.

      • badintent - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        2009 ain’t ancient history. Except for your EA The Show video game shit.. We all love the owner stabbing his own management in the back with a two tier “brain trust”(oxymoron ) and the players talking smack behind Bobby V’s back from Allstar game on. Throw in the worst rumor mill ESPN in the Sox back yard and Boston is a bigger circus than every city except LA for the Lakers.Sux choking tonight again…

      • theskinsman - Aug 24, 2013 at 5:29 AM

        Newsflash,the year is 2013, the Red Sox have been in 1st place almost all seson long,and the yanks aren’t playing hapless Toronto now. Guess what? Ballgame over,yankees lose! Theeeeeee yankees LOSE.

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      Being a Red Sox fan… I now find it silly how often we talked about Manny being bad. I mean holy hell this is like watching a train wreck. In slow motion. Into an orphanage. Of deaf, dumb and blind children…

    • jprcox - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Yeah, how do you have a fight with your team and expect to stay on the team??? Yes, Yanks wanted ARod gone without needing to pay the balance of his contract. What is ARod’s move? You can’t stay with the team you are battling with, and what team will take him? Odd situation for sure.

  2. dondada10 - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    So A-Rod is suing because the Yankees made him play injured AND wouldn’t let him play injured. Makes sense.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      Just depends on the team of lawyers he has employed. He’ll have another stance in two weeks when his new lawyers are hired.

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    A-Rod’s lawyers plan to milk him big time. Kind of reminds me of Roidger’s lawyers.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      Let’s just hope we waste fewer tax dollars on this one.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        MLB is private dollars, so no taxpayers money will be harmed in the making of this case. A-Rod loses. MLB loses. The lawyers win regardless of the outcome.

      • jcmeyer10 - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:26 PM

        I know, it was more of a joke of how far the Roidger saga went. Ten years later and nobody cared.

      • righthandofjustice - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        People still talk about BALCO from 10 years ago. Don’t expect the Clemens/A-Rod sagas will go away 10 years later.

        The real big news tying every loose knots up has yet to come.

        Grab some popcorn.

  4. gibbskins9 - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    As a Yankee fan Levine is an ASSHOLE

    • bobdira - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      As a baseball fan A-Rod is an asshole and a cheater and a cancer. Anyone else with and accurate descriptor?

      • greenmtnboy31 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        If you’re a real baseball fan, then you know they’ve all been taking advantage of you for the past 20 years or so that Selig has been commissioner. Most of them are assholes, cheaters and a cancer to the true spirit of the game, but A-Rod gives you a convenient target. How about Manny and the rest of the cheaters that cheated their way to a Red Sox World Series?

      • badintent - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        You really mean the city that gave us “shoot at the whites of their eyes ” would do that ? Paul Revere is rolling in his grave.

  5. JustMeMike - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Tomorrow’s headlines:

    A-Rod’s Attorney announces they are suing the New York Yankees clubhouse attendants for improperly laundering his uniform and sweat clothes, and doing a poor job of polishing his shoes during the playoffs last October which created an uncomfortable atmosphere for Mr. Rodriguez . This was intentionally orchestrated by NY Yankee President Randy Levine, and was a contributing factor in Mr. Rodriguez lack-luster performance.

    The Yankees refused comment calling it last year’s jock itch.

  6. pgilbert15303 - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Why don’t they send this pant load down to single A ball to end his career.

    I would rather lose without him that win with him. Boy, those Sox fans must be thrilled that we stole him right under their noses… Man, I thought that was awesome… Not so much anymore.

    • jwbiii - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      It would be pointless because he would refuse the assignment.

  7. lazlosother - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    His legacy as one of the best to play the game is gone, and apparently he has decided to pursue a legacy as the most bizarre to play the game. This has been a nightmare season for NY, good to see the Centaur doing his part.

    Hard to see how this doesn’t end ugly for everyone involved.

  8. bender4700 - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Another attempt by Arod to sabotage the PED investigation.

    It’s going to fail horribly. If anything, he’ll stupidly open the door for public disclosure of his PED usage and get himself banned for life from Baseball.

    He’s a moron.

    You must be bad if the Yankees look like the innocent, victimized franchise.

  9. jcmeyer10 - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Anyone who knows. Short of being banned, is there any way A-Rod is opening the door to forfeit the rest of his salary?

    • chip56 - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      Sort of – to prove his case he’s going to have to open up ALL of his medical records. Including any treatments by Galea and other steroid providers.

  10. yankeepunk3000 - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    I don’t get how his teammates can actually act like there friends. He’s sueing the yankees I mean come on

  11. wheels579 - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    At this point it is a clash of morons between Rodriguez & Levine. With George gone & the new stadium built, its fair to question whether Levine gets forced out should his comments wind up costly for the Yankees.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Leave Levine alone. Many fans of AL East teams like the job that he is doing on the Yankees.

      • badintent - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        Like the job that your idiot GM did in Toronto ? His team is only out 15 games. Levine looked like a genius when Overbay and Wells hit well in April and May. Don’t get so smug yet . lots of games still to play.But we KNOW that the Jays will be golfing in October..

    • Glenn - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      It’s more than just A-Rod vs the Yanks if he or his people ratted out other ballplayers, including a team mate.

  12. sidelineshot - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Oh my … the Yankees and A-Rod deserve each other.
    How about if NY just calls it quits and releases the guy after the arbitration gig?

    • chip56 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      I think they’ll wait for the suspension to end before releasing him – why give him money they don’t have to?

  13. aventador12 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    This is Bad-Comedy…(O.O)”

  14. allday296 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I hate the Yankees but I hope a Red Sox takes it off the teeth after that. It is deserved. Dempster can be thanks for that.

  15. allday296 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    I feel bad for the sox batter who gets drilled but can he can thank Dempster for the dental work

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