This weekend, a younger writer in Boston asked me how my job has changed because of the Alex Rodriguez saga. I told her that it’s become nearly impossible to work ahead because the story is changing by the hour. And that’s certainly the case today. A few of this day’s developments…
• During his appearance on the Today Show, Rodriguez’s lawyer Joseph Tacopina was caught off guard when host Matt Lauer told him MLB had faxed a letter offering to waive confidentiality in the Biogenesis case, letting each side discuss the matter openly and reveal evidence. Tacopina refused to sign the agreement and later called it a publicity stunt and a trap by the league.
• ESPN is reporting that Rodriguez plans to file a malpractice suit against Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. The Rodriguez camp is prepared to make a case that Ahmad misdiagnosed Rodriguez’s hip problem in October. Rodriguez’s camp released the results of Rodriguez’s ALDS MRI, which includes a note from a radiologist — not Dr. Ahmad — saying that a “partial evaluation” of the left hip revealed a labral tear. The Yankees have denied any knowledge of a left hip problem until a postseason MRI by Dr. Marc Phillipon.
• In course of talking to the media today, Tacopina acknowledged that Rodriguez did have a “consultant” relationship with Biogenesis boss Anthony Bosch. Rodriguez’s side has previous denied any connection to Bosch.
• Somehow, Louise Meanwell managed to get herself involved in this whole thing.