User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
A-Rod: 'Want to be in the lineup Friday'

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

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

Advertisement
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.

``I think the Yanks and I crossed signals,'' the three-time AL MVP said in a statement issued by spokesman Ron Berkowitz. ``I don't want any more mixups. 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''

Rodriguez, who turns 38 Saturday, has been sidelined since hip surgery in January. He earns $153,005 each day during the season, and while he remains on the disabled list much of his salary is covered by insurance.

He is among the dozen or so players under investigation by Major League Baseball for alleged links to a now-closed clinic accused in media reports of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez has said in the past that he used PEDs from 2001-03 while with Texas but maintained he has not since.

Rodriguez hit .250 (8 for 40) with two homers and eight RBIs in 13 minor league games before the leg injury and had agitated for the Yankees to activate him.

If Rodriguez is healthy, New York could use his bat. Yankees third basemen are hitting .217, ahead of only Cleveland, according to STATS LLC. Their four homers are more than only Miami and their 29 RBIs are 28th in the majors.

New York says team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad at New York-Presbyterian Hospital diagnosed Rodriguez with the quadriceps injury Sunday, when an MRI was taken.

At the behest of Rodriguez, Dr. Michael Gross examined an MRI - but not Rodriguez personally - and said on WFAN radio Wednesday that he could detect no injury.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman then said Rodriguez had sought the second opinion in violation of baseball's labor contract, which requires a player to first notify his team in writing.

Gross, an orthopedist, was reprimanded this year by New Jersey's board of medical examiners over steroid prescriptions, fined $30,000 and ordered to pay $10,000 in costs. He is the chief of the Division of Sports Medicine and the orthopedic director of The Sports Medicine Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center.

-

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Nats power past Mariners, King Felix
A's blanked by Angels, now three back
Grandal, Padres beat Dodgers 3-2 in 12
Giants rough up Brewers, 'over' hits
Indians roll past skidding Royals, 6-1
Soler powers Cubs past Cardinals, 7-2
Yanks double up tumbling Jays, 6-3
Harrison, Bucs nip Reds, 'under' hits
Davis, O's slam Twins, 'over' cashes
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
6-0 +625 L3 Days, 20-6 G-Plays
5-2 L7, 18-6 Run, 24-9 G-Plays
23-11, +1,550 L34, +3,811 TY
16-6 L22 G-Plays, +3,417 TY
14-4 L18, 21-6 +1,665 This Month
12-5 L17 G-Plays, 17-8 +1,057 Run
7-4 +353 L11, +2,333 This Year
9-4 L13 Guaranteed Plays
8-3 L11 G-Plays, 16-8 L24 Picks
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - MLB Playoffs
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 7725
Kevin Rogers + 4081
Doc's Sports + 3315
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
James Manos + 2343
Kevin Rogers + 2217
Dave Cokin + 2204
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2361
Tony Stoffo + 1865
Joe Williams + 853
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Doc's Sports + 2102
Kyle Hunter + 1656
Dave Cokin + 1450
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2249
Kevin Rogers + 1979
Mike Rose + 1406
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 3178
Kevin Rogers + 2276
Doc's Sports + 1035
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!