Nothing is simple when it comes to Alex Rodriguez.
While Major League Baseball is reportedly weighing potential punishments for him connected to the Biogenesis scandal, Rodriguez and the Yankees appear to be at odds over the condition of his left quadriceps.
Days after his return to the majors was delayed by what was diagnosed as a Grade 1 strain of his quad, Rodriguez asked Dr. Michael Gross, the orthopedic director of The Sports Medicine Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center, to review his MRI. Gross not only reviewed the MRI, but he also joined radio host Mike Francesa on WFAN in New York on Wednesday afternoon to talk about it.
"I looked at his MRI this morning. He asked me to look at it," Gross told Francesa. "And I spent about 20 minutes going over it. I looked particularly at his quadricep muscle. To be perfectly honest, I don't see any sort of injury there."
With a potential ban for violations of MLB's policy on performance-enhancing drugs looming, Rodriguez has been rehabilitating from hip surgery in January and has yet to be appear for the Yankees in a regular-season game this season. Rodriguez was scheduled to be activated on Monday before the Yankees ordered him to be examined by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and undergo an MRI.
Although Gross told Francesa that he saw no evidence of the Grade 1 strain that the team claimed Rodriguez suffered, he did concede that such a minor injury could be hard to detect on MRI and could even have healed already.
"It's not impossible not to see much on an MRI. So it's such a small thing that you might not see it on an MRI," Gross explained. "That said, I didn't see anything."
Despite the apparent setback and possibly conflicting appraisals of his quad, Rodriguez reported to the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday and sounded ready to get back to the Bronx.
"I feel great. That's all I'm going to say," Rodriguez told The Associated Press as he left the team's facility.
Citing information from an unnamed source, ESPN New York reported that Rodriguez believes the Yankees and MLB are conspiring to keep him out of pinstripes.
"So he's saying the New York Yankees, Major League Baseball and New York Presbyterian are all in cahoots to phony up an injury?" an unnamed baseball source told ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday night. "It makes no sense."