NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez filed a lawsuit accusing the Yankees team physician and a New York City hospital of mishandling his medical care during the 2012 American League playoffs.
In a suit filed late Friday in New York Supreme Court in the Bronx, lawyers for the star third baseman say he was given an MRI exam on Oct. 11, 2012, that revealed an injury to his left hip joint. The suit says that Yankees physician Christopher Ahmad did not inform him of the tear and cleared him to continue playing, and it accuses them of medical malpractice.
As a result, the suit claims, Rodriguez, 38, further injured himself and also "sustained great pain, agony, injury, suffering, disability, hospitalization, as well as mental anguish and emotional distress." The suit also names New York-Presbyterian Hospital as a defendant.
The hospital said it wouldn't comment because of the pending litigation. Ahmad did not respond to a telephone message seeking comment.
The hospital and Ahmad may claim that the proper forum for Rodriguez's complaint is either workman's compensation or the grievance process of Major League Baseball and its players' association.
The union is trying to overturn the 211-game suspension given to Rodriguez by MLB on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of its drug agreement and labor contract.
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