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July 26, 2013

A-Rod: 'I want to be in the lineup Friday night'

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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.

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