The ongoing battle between the New York Yankees and current third basemen Alex Rodriguez has taken another wild turn, as the lawyers for Rodriguez are preparing a medical malpractice lawsuit against team doctor, Dr. Christopher Ahmad.
Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York has reported that Rodriguez's attorney, Joe Tacopina, has evidence that Ahmad misdiagnosed the 38-year-old's hip injury during the 2012 playoffs; a period which A-Rod went 3-for-25 with no home runs and 12 strikeouts and was eventually benched by Yankees manager Joe Girardi for his poor play.
Following the playoffs, it was revealed that Rodriguez was playing with a torn labrum in his hip, which he had surgery on in January and only started playing for the team two weeks ago.
In the suit that is being prepared against Dr. Ahmad, Rodriguez went for an MRI on the original hip and there was no structural damage done to the hip, but Tacpoina feels that Ahmad either completely missed A-Rod's injury or knew about it and withheld the information about it, thus the malpractice suit that will soon be following. The first MRI done on A-Rod was performed back on October 11, just after Game 3 of the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles.
Following the end of the season, a second MRI was performed by the original surgeon who performed Rodriguez's initial hip surgery, Dr. Mark Philippon, who discovered on October 28 that A-Rod had the torn labrum and needed surgery as soon as possible.
It would make sense as to why Rodriguez does not trust Ahmad, especially after he diagnosed him with a Grade 1 quad strain back in July; especially after Rodriguez sought out a second opinion by Dr. Michael Gross, who said Rodriguez didn't have a strain and he could play when the Yankees kept him on the DL for another two weeks.
Rodriguez is appealing a 211-game suspension that was levied down upon him back on August 5 and has played for the Yankees since then, hitting .319 with two home runs and six RBI in the middle of the lineup.
Not only has Tacopina gone after Dr. Ahmad, but he also has publicly gone after Yankees president Randy Levine in saying that he has proof that he told Dr. Bryan Kelly, who performed Rodriguez's second hip surgery in January, to ensure that he never stepped on the field again.
On Monday, the Yankees released a statement supporting the team doctor and his treatment of the players.
"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."
The relationship between the Yankees and Rodriguez has gotten so strained to the point where Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Sunday before the team's game against the Boston Red Sox that he does not talk to A-Rod anymore with the exception of a hello or goodbye.
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