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A-Rod sues Yankees team doctor, New York hospital for medical malpractice

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It turns out Alex Rodriguez and his lawyers were just getting started when they filed their extensive lawsuit against Major League Baseball on Friday morning, Just hours later, A-Rod and company moved onward and upward to the Bronx to file a second lawsuit, this time accusing Yankees' team doctor Chris Ahmad and New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center of medical malpractice.

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To be more specific, the second lawsuit alleges the accused parties misdiagnosed and purposely misled A-Rod about the severity of his left hip injury during the 2012 playoffs.

Here’s an excerpt of the lawsuit courtesy of ESPN New York:

Defendants, after performing, understanding and analyzing the MRI, had diagnosed Plantiff as suffering from a superior labral tear at the left hip; and without informing the plaintiff of the diagnosis, knowingly cleared the Plaintiff to resume playing as a third baseman for the New York Yankees during the [2012] season playoffs, thus allowing the Plaintiff to further injure himself and the necessity for additional surgeries.

Rodriguez was clearly not healthy during the 2012 postseason, struggling to a .120 average with no extra-base hits in 27 at-bats. A-Rod did not opt to have surgery immediately following the season, instead waiting until January. That pushed his recovery timetable from early June to Aug. 5. So basically A-Rod and company will attempt to prove his continued ineffective participation in the postseason, delayed operation and time lost were a direct result of the doctors' collective effort to sabotage him.

Can they do it? Maybe.

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Will it be an uphill battle? Definitely. Though an uphill climb hasn't stopped A-Rod from fighting every possible battle in the past, specifically his on-going war with MLB. He thrives on the gamesmanship and the attention that comes with it.

Bottom line, it’s time to buckle up. A-Rod promised us a bumpy ride a few weeks ago, and Friday's actions pretty much guarantee he won't be going away any time soon.

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