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Report: Alex Rodriguez is about to sue Yankees doctor for malpractice

Aug 19, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

Yankees' Rodriguez stands at third base in the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Red Sox in Boston Reuters

A source tells Andrew Marchand of that Alex Rodriguez‘s lawyers are preparing a malpractice suit against a Yankees team doctor:

Rodriguez and his lawyers believe they have evidence that supports their contention that Chris Ahmad, the Yankees’ team doctor, misdiagnosed A-Rod’s hip injury during last October’s playoffs. They have yet to file the suit as they continue to put together their case.

Rodriguez himself said Sunday that the union is filing a grievance against the Yankees on his behalf over how the Yankees handled his hip injury. This appears to be something entirely different, though.

Rodriguez was limited down the stretch last year and completely ineffective during the postseason, but it wasn’t revealed publically until December that he was battling a hip problem and he didn’t undergo surgery until January. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly.

According to Marchand’s report, Rodriguez’s side will claim Ahmad knew of Rodriguez’s need for surgery as early as Oct. 29, but that Rodriguez wasn’t informed of his results. Rodriguez’s side will also say that Ahmad misdiagnosed the injury following the original MRI on Oct. 11. Rodriguez played in four more games following that MRI. He ended up going 3-for-25 with no RBI and 12 strikeouts in eight postseason games.

  1. brandonmauk - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Everybody on the Yankees should sue this guy for all these fucking injuries this year. ESPECIALLY Jeter

  2. myhawks1976 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    honestly, this might end up being the smartest thing Rodriguez has done since opting out of his contract 6 years ago, to reup.

    he’s alienated teammates, team president Levine, GM Cashman, and now the medical staff. Does anyone else see this as a ploy to convince the Yankees to negotiate a settlement to just cut losses now.

    If he can get the Yankees to negotiate a settlement, he can drop his appeal, “retire” and ride off into the sunset with 80-90 million more dollars withOUT having to have any evidence go public.

    I could be wrong. bit this scorched earth policy tends to be pointing in that direction to me.

  3. pharmdocmark - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    When all else fails, go to the NARCISSISM card. He needs the attention and he’ll do anything to get it.

  4. dman6015 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Wow. This new lawyer of his is really stirring up the pot. “My client is completely innocent of ALL the PED charges.” “My client is suing the team doctor for malpractice because of a misdiagnosis.” “My client is filing a grievance against the Yankees for his hip injury last season.” What’s next, Mr. Attorney? Sue Major League Baseball for anti-trust violations?

  5. rayburns - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Wait a second… he’s suing the doctor for malpractice for misdiagnosing his injury, and he’s filing a grievance against the Yankees for playing him while he was injured? Am I the only one that sees the irony?

  6. bosoxfan15 - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    This arod story gets stranger every day.

  7. righthandofjustice - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    ROFL. See what the Yankees said?

    “We relied upon Dr. Christopher Ahmad and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital for medical diagnosis, opinions and treatment. The Yankees neither had any complaints from Alex Rodriguez pertaining to his left hip during the 2012 regular season and the Yankees postseason, nor did the Yankees receive any diagnosis pertaining to his left hip during that same period of time. Given the various allegations that have been made by Alex Rodriguez and his counsel, if you have any medical questions they should be directed to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Dr. Christopher Ahmad”

    Levine opened his big mouth a day or two ago and now he is playing ignorance and punt the ball to the good doctor Ahmad and the hospital.

  8. Rajiv Radia - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    It looks like Rodriguez and his ‘team’ are looking to distract everyone from the original story here which is his PED use and they’ve done so successfully for now. The media and fans are fixated on this story now and little is said about his actual use of PED’s. I wrote up an article about this case and the likelihood of Rodriguez successfully suing for malpractice:

    • righthandofjustice - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Decent article but… But how can anybody explain while Levine said less than 2 days ago “when I said I have something, I have something…” and now they said they don’t know anything about Ahmad and have nothing whatsoever If there is anything wrong go ask the doctor and his hospital and sue the hell out of them It is none of the Yankees’ business?

  9. righthandofjustice - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Sounds like a very good strategy by A-Rod’s lawyer to bring up the name of Dr. Kelly and lured Levine to open his big mouth but Ahmed turns out to be the actual one on the hook.

  10. sillec28 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Please just go away ARod.

  11. mfinneran - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Anything to keep the spotlight of of arat.

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