The grievance, which according to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, alleges "that the Yankees put Rodriguez on the field during last October's playoffs even though they knew he was playing with a bad hip. Rodriguez's side also contends that Yankees president Randy Levine told the surgeon who performed Rodriguez's offseason hip operation that if Rodriguez never saw the field again Levine would be fine with it. Lastly, there is the contention from last month that the Yankees refused to let Rodriguez play because of what they diagnosed as a Grade 1 quad strain. A-Rod declared he was healthy enough to play."
In the 2012 playoffs, Rodriguez went 3-for-25 (.120) and at one time, was benched by Yankees manager Joe Girardi for how lousy he played against the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers, but the hip injury would have explained a lot as to why Rodriguez looked lost at the plate back in October.
Tacopina stated on Saturday that Levine told Dr. Bryan Kelly, who performed the hip surgery on Rodriguez back in January, that "if he never saw the field, that would be just fine with him," something that Levine is firmly denying publicly. Tacopina says that he can prove that Levine said that to Kelly just before the surgery.
If the Yankees did know about the torn labrum in Rodriguez's hip and continued to have him play on the field, then that would cause a serious issue and make the Yankees look poorly in the public eye, especially considering the Yankees are supposed to be known as a first-class, well-ran organization in baseball.
Tacopina is also stating that in the grievance, along with the improper medical treatment for the hip and the quad, the Yankees showed odd behavioral patterns of trying to get out of the final five years and $114 million left on the $275 million deal that is due to Rodriguez through 2017. Back on August 5, MLB suspended Rodriguez for 211 games as part of their ongoing battle against the Biogenesis case, a ruling that A-Rod has appealed and will be heard by an arbitrator in the off-season.
If Rodriguez were to be suspended for that time, he would stand to lose up to $34 million in guaranteed salary; a major reason why he appealed baseball's suspension this past month.
Marchand also pointed out that Rodriguez's side has heard the Yankees and MLB say that he has not provided any evidence that he did not use performance-enhancing drugs, but they point out they are honoring the joint drug agreement, which would help A-Rod's case against the league in trying to get the suspension reduced and even overturned if their evidence is lacking.
It may be safe to say the Bronx Zoo has officially returned and reared its head in 2013. Stay tuned to Yankees 101 for further updates regarding the legal battles with Rodriguez, the Yankees and Major League Baseball.
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