Alex Rodriguez Drops Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against New York Yankees Team Doctor, Hospital June 20th, 2014 at 2:33 PM
By Douglas Rush
In hopes of potentially playing again for the New York Yankees in 2015 when he returns from his 162-game, season-long suspension, Alex Rodriguez took another step in that direction.
On Friday, Rodriguez and his lawyers dropped the final remaining lawsuit he had filed; which was the one against the New York Yankees team doctor; Dr. Christopher Ahmad and the hospital, New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, as Christian Red of the New York Daily News reported from the copy of the court papers filed with the Bronx Supreme Court stated.
Rodriguez's suit had claimed that during the 2012 American League playoffs, Ahmad did not properly read an MRI of Rodriguez's left hip and did not properly diagnose a left hip injury; Rodriguez had left hip surgery in January of 2013 and didn't return to the Yankees until August of 2013.
Ahmad's attorney, Peter Crean, issued a statement stating that his client is glad that the malpractice lawsuit is over and behind him and wished A-Rod the best of luck in the future.
"Dr. Christopher Ahmad is pleased that Alex Rodriguez
has voluntarily withdrawn his claims, demonstrating, as we have always held, that Dr. Ahmad's care was appropriate. Dr. Ahmad wishes Mr. Rodriguez the best for his future," Peter Crean, Ahmad's attorney, told the Daily News.
Rodriguez had also filed lawsuits against Major League Baseball
, commissioner Bud Selig and the Major League Baseball
Players Association in his efforts of getting his 162-game suspension either reduced or completely overturned. Rodriguez though, dropped the lawsuits during the winter and accepted his suspension, which was reduced from 211 games to 162, plus the postseason. Rodriguez was suspended as a result of the questionable and controversial investigation from the turnout of the Biogenesis case.
Rodriguez is eligible to return to the Yankees once the 2014 season officially concludes, in which he is still under contract for anothetr three years and $61 million guaranteed; a contract that Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said that he is not buying out and will have Rodriguez earn by playing on the field once he's eligible to return to baseball
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