Just when it seemed that this A-Rod saga couldn’t turn into any more of a mess, it did. In case you missed yesterday’s edition of How Many Ways Can Alex Rodriguez Piss Off The Yankees?, here’s a quick recap before we dive into today’s news:
After the Yankees announced that a quad injury will push back A-Rod’s comeback, the third baseman got a second opinion without asking the team from a certain Dr. Michael Gross. Rodriguez is working under the assumption that the Yankees are purposely sidelining him so that insurance will cover his oversized contract
Dr. Gross went on the radio yesterday and spoke to ESPN and all of this good stuff, telling the world, “To be perfectly honest, I don’t see any sort of injury there. If there’s no pain, that means there’s no injury.” You can listen to his interview with Mike Francesa here.
The issue with Gross’ analysis of the quad injury is that he never actually saw A-Rod and only spoke to him over the phone after examining his MRI. This is sort of a problem, mostly because Rodriguez was only diagnosed with a Grade 1 quadricep strain. What’s wrong with that, you ask? Let’s hear from Dr. Michael Gross himself.
“A Grade 1 strain is a clinical diagnosis,” Gross told Mike Francesa yesterday, “which means you base it on the person’s symptoms and on examining them. It’s not impossible not to see much on an MRI.”
So, what happened yesterday was that a doctor went on the air, explained that you need to examine a patient to determine if they have a Grade 1 quad strain, and then said that A-Rod does not have a Grade 1 quad strain and is “fit to play” even though he never examined him.
Why in the world would a doctor risk his reputation by doing something as stupid as that?
“I did it because I thought it would be fun,” Gross told ESPN.
Oh. That’s why.