(PIX11) — Will he play or will he go? It’s one of the big questions swirling about Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez.
A-Rod says he wants to return to the Yanks for Friday’s home game against Tampa, but the team still says he is injured. It’s creating a tense situation between the beleaguered star and management. So without notifying the Yankee brass, he had a second doctor examine his MRI.
Dr. Michael Gross, the chief orthopedist at Hackensack Medical Center, says he didn’t see anything on the test and talked about it and his conversation with A-Rod on the Mike Francesa show on WFAN radio.
” I looked specifically at his quadriceps muscle. To be perfectly honest I didn’t see any kind of injury there.”
He went on to tell Francesa: ” I had the chance to talk to him today also and I said, ‘A-Rod does anything hurt? And he said no.’ So that if there’s no pain to me as an orthopedist that means there is no injury.”
A-Rod could soon be suspended or banned from baseball for his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. The New York Post is reporting that people close to him say A-Rod believes the Yankees are keeping him on the disabled list so they can recoup some of his $28 million salary from insurance.
Dr. Gross was fined by the New Jersey attorney general earlier this year for “failing to adequately ensure proper patient treatment involving the prescribing of hormones including steroids” at a wellness center he runs.
Gross told WFAN that he and A-Rod talked about his return to action.
“He asked me, ‘Do you think I’m fit to play? And I said, ‘Alex very specifically, I couldn’t without examining you, I couldn’t possibly make that call.'” He went on to say: “But I asked him do you think you are fit to play? And he said 100 percent.”
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman was not happy with A-Rod seeking the second opinion, which appears to violate the collective bargaining agreement.
“Contrary To the Basic Agreement Mr. Rodriguez did not notify us at anytime that he was seeking a second opinion from any doctor with regard to his Quad strain. As always we will follow the rules and regulations set forth in the basic agreement,” Cashman said in a statement.
Outside the Yankee Store on 42nd Street near Times Square, fans weighed in when asked if A-Rod should be back in pinstripes Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
Alex Alvarez told PIX11: ” I think he should just stay home. He saw what happened to Ryan Braun…. suspended for the rest of the season. He’s gonna get worse.”
But Luz Gonzalez said: “I think the should give him a second chance. Everyone makes mistakes.”
It remains to be seen if the Yankees will be so understanding.