Having been diagnosed with a Grade 1 quadriceps strain, Alex Rodriguez asked for a second MRI review by Dr. Michael Gross of Hackensack Medical Center. Today, Dr. Gross went on Mike Francesa’s radio show and announced that he does not believe Rodriguez is injured.
“I looked at his MRI this morning,” Dr. Gross said. “(Rodriguez) asked me to look at it. I spent about 20 minutes going over it. I look particularly at his quadriceps muscle. To be perfectly honest, I don’t see any sort of injury there. … A Grade 1 strain is a clinical diagnosis, which means you base it on the person’s symptoms and on examining them. It’s not impossible not to see much on an MRI. It’s such a small thing that you might not see it on an MRI. That said, I didn’t see anything.”
Dr. Gross said he also spoke with Rodriguez this morning, and Rodriguez said he feels no pain in the quadriceps, which further leads Dr. Gross to believe there’s no injury. Rodriguez asked whether he’s healthy enough to play.
“I said, ‘Alex, very specifically, without examining you I couldn’t possibly make that call,’” Dr. Gross said. “But I asked him, ‘Do you think you’re fit to play?’ And he said, ’100 percent.’”
Of course, it’s worth noting that just four days ago — the day before he went for an MRI — Rodriguez reported to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre complaining of quad tightness and switched from third base to designated hitter because of the injury.
“It is a little sore,” Rodriguez said on Saturday night. “So I decided to DH instead of play third. I felt it a little bit this morning. I didn’t feel it so much on the ground balls (in batting practice), but in the acceleration.”