Attorneys for Alex Rodriguez are preparing a malpractice suit against New York Yankees’ team doctor Chris Ahmad.
The basis for the suit, according to Rodriguez lawyer Joseph Tacopina, revolves around whether Ahmad and the Yankees chose not to disclose results of an MRI last October. The Yankees maintain they had no knowledge of the torn labrum in Rodriguez’s hip which required surgery.
Rodriguez, 38, has also begun the process of filing a grievance against the Yankees.
Tacopina alleges the Yankees wanted him to play as a form of punishment and hoped he’d be embarrassed.
“They rolled him out there like an invalid and made him look like he was finished as a ballplayer,” said Tacopina in a New York Times interview. Previously Monday, Tacopina made similar comments to “Good Morning America” host Matt Lauer.
The Yankees, beset by injuries this season, deny knowing the right hip issue existed last Oct. 11, when Tacopina asserts the MRI was taken. He shared the images with Lauer on Monday but not the clinical analysis or recommendation of the doctor.
“We relied upon Dr. Christopher Ahmad and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital for medical diagnosis, opinions and treatment,” the statement read. “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.”
ESPN obtained the medical records from the Oct. 11 tests, including a radiologist report published Tuesday.
“Stable postoperative appearance of the right hip with no evidence of labral re-tear, stable degenerative change, and only minimal gluteus medius insertional tendinosis. Partial evaluation of left hip revealing superior labral tear with small parabal cyst,” the report reads, according to ESPN’s documenting of the evaluation.
Rodriguez had hip surgery in 2009 and was examined last year when he told the team he was experiencing discomfort. He had surgery in January 2013 after being diagnosed with an impingement in his left hip.