Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/23/14
 Although Alex Rodriguez said he was ready to return to the Yankees lineup on Friday, the team has insisted he remain at the Minor League complex in Tampa, Florida, for more rehab on his strained left quadriceps. As reported by Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, "An evaluation performed on Thursday by Dr. Dan Murphy in Tampa showed there has been progress with the injury, but the Yankees do not believe Rodriguez can be physically ready to play in big league games before Aug. 1. As such, he will remain in Florida." "It was Rodriguez's camp that brought Dr. Michael Gross, the chief of orthopedics at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J., into the fold. Gross looked over Rodriguez's MRI exam for about 20 minutes and said he saw no injury. Despite not treating Rodriguez in person, Gross appeared as a guest on WFAN on Wednesday, proclaiming that there seemed to be no reason Rodriguez could not play." ""The hope from the Yankees' end has always been to have Alex back as soon as possible," Cashman said on a conference call. "Obviously I know from Alex's end, he has always wanted to play as soon as possible. It just comes down to, when is that feasible? We're certainly trying to get there as fast as we possibly can, but we need a healthy player to do so."" Rodriguez got a second opinion on his injury, and the Yankees claim he acted against Major League Baseball's Collective Bargaining Agreement by not disclosing to the team his intentions to get a second opinion. Rodriguez denies the Yankees' claim by stating he informed team president Randy Levine on Tuesday that he was seeking a second opinion. Alex Rodriguez, who has not played this season, is 99 hits shy of 3,000 for his career. He is also 50 rbi's short of 2,000 and 53 home runs shy of 700.  Last season, he batted .272 with 18 home runs in 122 games.

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