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Alex Rodriguez to File Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against Yankees

Published on 08/28/2013 -

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Embattled baseball star Alex Rodriguez is planning to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against his employer, the New York Yankees, according to a report this week from ESPN.

Sources say a person close to Rodriguez believes the shortstop’s legal team is planning to file a claim against Chris Ahmad, the team’s official doctor, due to his allegedly botched diagnosis of the athlete’s hip injury last October.

Yankees Star Plans to File Malpractice Lawsuit

During the past few months, Rodriguez’s relationship with the Yankees has soured to the point that he is no longer on speaking terms with the team’s general manager, according to reports from sources covering the team.

Much of the trouble stems from allegations that Rodriguez continued to use performance-enhancing drugs after he claimed to no longer be using PEDs.

For his alleged drug use, Rodriguez was recently suspended for more than 200 games by Major League Baseball, but he has appealed the decision.

But the current legal dispute centers on a hip injury Rodriguez suffered during the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles last August, sources say.

After that game, Rodriguez reportedly told team officials that his right hip felt “off.” An MRI of the right hip revealed no structural damage, but the team doctor concluded that his left hip needed further treatment.

According to reports, the radiologist who worked for Ahmad (the target of the lawsuit) said that the right hip shoed “no evidence of labral re-tear,” but that the left hip had a “superior labral tear with small parabal cyst.”

Yankees Team Doctor Allegedly Mistreats Alex Rodriguez

The MRI report, which did not include any interpretations from Ahmad, was then sent to Dr. Marc Philippon, who took another MRI, and concluded that Rodriguez’s left hip required surgery.

According to a source close to Rodriguez’s medical malpractice lawyers, Ahmad knew Rodriguez has a tear in his left hip but failed to tell the baseball star.

Sources say that Rodriguez continued to play after the injury during last season’s playoffs, despite the MRI report. Because of this alleged oversight, Rodriguez, who claims he played through a significant amount of pain, reportedly told team president Randy Levine that he did not trust Ahmad, and asked to be treated by other doctors.

In response to the allegation, the Yankees released a statement in which the team said it did not receive “any complaints from Alex Rodriguez pertaining to his left hip during the 2012 regular season and the Yankees postseason,” nor did it receive “any diagnosis pertaining to his left hip during that same period of time.”

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