Rodriguez suing team doctor, hospital

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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez filed another lawsuit Friday that accuses the team's doctor and a New York City hospital of mishandling his care.
The suit claims that Yankees physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and New York Presbyterian Hospital of mishandling his medical care during the 2012 American League playoffs.
Rodriguez's lawyers claim that an MRI exam on Oct. 11, 2012, revealed an injury to his left hip joint but Ahmad cleared him to continue playing, which caused Rodriguez "great pain."
The Yankees said at the time that Rodriguez complained of a problem with his right hip, not the left one.
Rodriguez, who is in grievance hearings related to his 211-game suspension, also sued Major League Baseball on Thursday, claiming it paid Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch $5 million help force Rodriguez out of the game.
The suit names commissioner Bud Selig as a defendant.
Rodriguez played the last two months of the season after appealing the August suspension stemming from MLB's performance-enhancing drugs investigation of Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in South Florida that has since ceased operations.
The Yankees will save several million dollars if Rodriguez is forced to serve the ban.
His suit alleges that Selig and other baseball officials are trying "to improperly marshal evidence that they hope to use to destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez, one of the most accomplished major league baseball players of all time."
Rodriguez's lawyers claim that MLB is making an example of Rodriguez "so as to gloss over Commissioner Selig's past inaction and tacit approval of the use of performance enhancing substances in baseball (not to mention his multiple acts of collusion), and in an attempt to secure his legacy as the 'savior' of America's pastime."
Rodriguez issued a statement Friday regarding the lawsuit.
"The entire legal dynamic is very complex, and my legal team is doing what they need to in order to vindicate me and pursue all of my rights," the statement read.
MLB responded to Rodriguez's allegations by issuing a statement.
"For the more than four decades that we have had a collective bargaining relationship with the Major League Baseball Players Association, every player and club dispute has gone through the jointly agreed upon grievance process. This lawsuit is a clear violation of the confidentiality provisions of our drug program, and it is nothing more than a desperate attempt to circumvent the collective bargaining agreement," the statement read.
"While we vehemently deny the allegations in the complaint, none of those allegations is relevant to the real issue: whether Mr. Rodriguez violated the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by using and possessing numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years and whether he violated the basic agreement by attempting to cover up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner's investigation."
Rodriguez was among 14 players suspended for violating MLB's drug policy and collective bargaining agreement. He was banned Aug. 5 but appealed the suspension.
The other players accepted their suspensions, including Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. He was banned the final 65 games of the season.
State authorities in Florida started a criminal investigation of Biogenesis.

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