Alex Rodriguez may not be playing, but he’s sure doing a lot of talking.
Rodriguez called into Mike Francesa‘s radio show on WFAN on Thursday evening, shortly after releasing a statement in which he chalked Wednesday’s controversy over using a non-team-sanctioned doctor up to a lack of communication.
The Yankees reportedly intend to fine Rodriguez for seeking a second opinion on his quad strain without the team’s permission, and the third baseman opened up to Francesa about his rocky relationship with the club.
“I’d rather not get into that,” Rodriguez said when asked if he trusts the Yankees. “I’m just frustrated that I’m not on the field tomorrow. I’ll leave it at that. My frustration is obvious, but I’m going to put my head down here and get back to New York as soon as I can.”
A-Rod also went into greater detail about his dealings with Dr. Michael Gross, who he said he has never met. Gross, who was commissioned to give a second opinion after Yankees team doctors ruled the Rodriguez has a Grade 1 quad strain, had been a guest on WFAN the previous day claiming that Rodriguez’s MRI revealed no strain.
“You know, I’ve never met him,” Rodriguez said. “We wanted to get a second opinion as soon as possible to get on the field on Friday. I liked what I heard from him and we went with that. I don’t know anything about MRIs and I don’t know anything about doctors. I know that I feel good, I have no pain and I wish I was playing. Five or six days will be here soon enough and hopefully I’m out there helping my team win.”
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