In a Thursday afternoon conference call, Brian Cashman said that Dr. Dan Murphy — an orthopedist the Yankees often use in Tampa – had reviewed Rodriguez’s most recent MRI and concurred with Dr. Christopher Ahmad’s previous diagnosis of a Grade 1 quadriceps strain. Dr. Murphy went on to further evaluate Rodriguez and found there was “clearly some improvement.” The team’s head athletic trainer, Tim Lentych, laid out a rehab plan as follows.
Thursday — Friday
Further treatment with light conditioning
Saturday — Wednesday
“More functional work” at the minor league complex
Thursday, August 1
Either a simulated game or a minor league rehab game
Cashman said Rodriguez could be back in the Major League lineup in early August.
“I can’t tell you anything past the August 1 date,” Cashman said. “If everything goes right, I don’t think you’re looking at much longer past that date. We just need to cross off every box needs to be checked.”
It’s worth noting that the Yankees laid out their rehab plan in a conference call with Rodriguez, who had one of his lawyers on the call. Also on the call were Cashman, Lentych and Randy Levine. Cashman wouldn’t comment on the unusual step of a player having a lawyer on a conference call to discuss a rehab plan. He also declined to comment on whether the Yankees are going to discipline Rodriguez for yesterday’s actions and for seeking a second opinion without the Yankees signing off on the decision.
A team source said discipline is likely, but no final decision has been made.
“(Rodriguez) understands the process,” Cashman said.”He reiterated on his end that players just want to play, and obviously if it was his choice, he’d be out there Friday. But that’s not responsible.”
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