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
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.