Rodriguez said Sunday he asked the union to file a grievance over his medical treatment. That likely will not be part of the drug appeal.
“I’m sure it will be separate, but I’ll leave that to those expects in labor law and the CBA process,” he said.
Tacopina also claims Yankees President Randy Levine told Dr. Bryan Kelly of the Hospital for Special Surgery, who operated on Rodriguez’s left hip in January, that he didn’t want to see Rodriguez play for the team again. Levine has denied the allegation.
“This is part of the mindset of what they’re doing to this guy and working in conjunction with MLB to try to keep him off the field,” Tacopina said.
Tracy Hickenbottom, a HSS spokeswoman, said Kelly had no comment.