Found October 05, 2013 on MLB Injury News:

The off-field news just keeps piling up for New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. We all know about the 211-game suspension looming over "A-Rod" for performance-enhancing drug use and his alleged cover-up. Now, Rodriguez has filed two separate lawsuits in retaliation. Rodriguez says that he is "fighting for [his] life and [his] whole legacy." MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports that Rodriguez has filed separate suits against Major League Baseball and Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. He did not name the Yankees in either suit. According to Hoch, in the suit against MLB, Rodriguez claims that MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig intentionally interfered with his business relationships outside of baseball. Rodriguez owns a construction company and a Mercedes-Benz dealership in the Houston area, and he claims that the investigation has made it difficult for him to run them. He also claims that the investigation has cost him future endorsement deals in addition to the losses of potential contracts with Nike and Toyota. Rodriguez claims that MLB tried to intentionally ruin his reputation. Hoch reports that the suit claims that MLB paid over $5 million for testimony to defame Rodriguez. Hoch writes, "In the 31-page Manhattan complaint, constructed by lawyers from three firms: Reed Smith; Tacopina Seigel and Turano; and Gordon and Rees, Rodriguez alleges that MLB is paying $5 million for the testimony of Anthony Bosch, the founder of the now-defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla." It also claims that MLB made public much information about disciplinary procedures that should have remained confidential. In the second lawsuit, Rodriguez claims that Dr. Ahmad and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center misdiagnosed his hip injury that occurred during the 2012 postseason, overlooking a labral tear in his left hip. That error, according to the suit, eventually led to January 16 hip surgery that kept Rodriguez disabled for most of the 2013 season. He played in just 44 games, hitting .244/.348/.423 with 7 HR and 19 RBI in the second half. The final word of his appeal of the 211-game suspension has still not come out, and these two lawsuits may make delay that final word even more. Likely, Alex Rodriguez will not play in 2014, and we still wonder if he will ever play again. Follow Raymond on Twitter @RayBureau. Like Raymond's "Baseball Bureau" page on Facebook. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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