07/25/2013 02:26 pm ET

Alex Rodrigiuez Statement: A-Rod Says He's Healthy, 'Ready To Play' For Yankees


Alex Rodriguez is here to clear up all the confusion about Alex Rodriguez.

"I think the Yankees and I crossed signals. I don't want any more mix-ups," A-Rod said in a statement obtained by ESPN New York. "I'm excited and ready to play and help this team win a championship. I feel great, and I'm ready and want to be in the lineup Friday night. Enough doctors, let's play."

The New York Yankees third baseman issued this statement on Thursday following conflicting reports about the state of his left quadriceps. Earlier this week, the Yankees' physician diagnosed A-Rod with a Grade 1 strain of that quad following a complaint of soreness during a rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. On Wednesday, a physician contacted by Rodriguez told WFAN in New York that he could detect no injury on an MRI.

Rodriguez reported the Yankees' minor league facility in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, telling reporters "I feel great. That's all I'm going to say."


NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez says he's ready to rejoin the New York Yankees.

A day after a doctor retained by A-Rod contradicted the team's diagnosis of a strained quadriceps, Rodriguez pushed for the Yankees to activate him from the disabled list for Friday's homestand opener against Tampa Bay.

Rodriguez issued a statement Thursday saying, "I feel great and I'm ready and want to be in the lineup Friday night. Enough doctors. Let's play."

The three-time AL MVP, who turns 38 Saturday, has been sidelined since hip surgery in January.



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