The Yankees maintain that Rodriguez had been complaining at the time only of a problem with his right hip, not the left one. Rodriguez had right hip surgery in 2009.
Rodriguez filed the medical lawsuit a day after suing MLB and baseball Commissioner Bud Selig in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, accusing them of orchestrating a “witch hunt” intended to force him out of baseball as part of its investigation of the now-closed Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic in Florida.
Both suits came during the first week of hearings on a players’ association grievance seeking to overturn the suspension. Thirteen other players accepted suspensions this summer, including former NL MVP Ryan Braun, who was suspended for Milwaukee’s final 65 games of the regular season.
The August letter from Rodriguez’s lawyers to the players’ association accused the union of failing to “fairly represent his interests” and said it “made matters worse by failing to protest MLB’s thuggish tactics in its investigation.”
A-Rod’s lawyers were critical of Weiner for saying in an XM Radio interview in August that he advised Rodriguez to accept a suspension of a certain length — less than MLB was willing to settle for. They said in the letter that Weiner’s statements could “irretrievably corrupt the arbitration process” and “are clearly inconsistent with the MLBPA’s duty to fairly and ardently represent Mr. Rodriguez.”
MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred represents management on the arbitration panel and Prouty represents the players’ association.
Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz declined comment on both the latest lawsuit and the letter.
Tacopina said in a statement Saturday that Selig and MLB have an “inexplicable personal animus toward Alex Rodriguez” and called former Biogenesis head Anthony Bosch “a witness under federal investigation for dealing performance enhancing drugs to minors.”
“Every player in the league, every fan who spends money on MLB tickets and gear, and every team whose money is being spent on this witch hunt should be asking Selig to explain and justify his actions,” Tacopina said.