New York Yankees: Matt Lauer
August, 19, 2013
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
During a Monday morning interview on NBC's "Today Show," host Matt Lauer surprised Alex Rodriguez's attorney, Joseph Tacopina, by handing Tacopina a letter in which Major League Baseball offered to waive the confidentiality clause in the Joint Drug Agreement so both sides could release information about A-Rod.
“Listen, we would love nothing more than to be able to discuss the testing history, the scientific evidence and the tests of Alex Rodriguez under this JDA drug program, nothing more,” said Tacopina, who hadn’t read the letter but offered to during the interview.
Tacopina charged that A-Rod had an MRI on Oct. 11, 2012, after Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles, revealing he had a torn labrum in his left hip.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has said the Yankees did not know about A-Rod’s injury until the offseason.
“This MRI was taken on Oct. 11, 2012, after Game 4 of the Baltimore series [and] before the Detroit series. What it indicated, what it showed, is that Alex Rodriguez had a hole in his left hip, a torn labrum. He went on to play in the Detroit series, obviously didn’t play well, was benched, was made a scapegoat. Nobody told Alex Rodriguez that he had a hole in his left hip -- nobody. It wasn’t until after the season was done that he went to his own doctor,” Tacopina said.
Tacopina said he doesn’t understand why the Yankees wouldn’t have wanted to reveal the severity of the injury, given that they have an insurance policy on A-Rod.
“I don’t understand the motivation behind that,” Tacopina said. “But the New York Yankees’ doctor, Dr. [Christopher] Ahmad, did this MRI. The report is here. The visual images are in your possession. Brian Cashman can’t say it didn’t happen until the offseason. Obviously, the general manager of this team must have known when this MRI was taken.”
Tacopina later said on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike”: “Nobody told Alex Rodriguez of that result. Nobody. Until his doctor, after the Detroit series was over, called Dr. Ahmad and confronted him and said, ‘Do you have this MRI report? There’s a tear in his hip.’ No one shared this with him? We were baffled.
“If he had a hole in his hip he shouldn’t have been walking, much less playing baseball. And believe me, we know that Joe Girardi didn’t know that. But either Ahmad, Randy Levine or Brian Cashman knew about that MRI result ... and the one person it wasn’t shared with, and I don’t understand for the life of me how they didn’t share that with Alex Rodriguez.”