Cashman to A-Rod: File a grievance

NEW YORK -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spent much of his pregame press conference no-commenting on questions about Alex Rodriguez, but in defending the Yankees' team doctors Cashman dared A-Rod to file a grievance.

“The MRI is the MRI,” Cashman said. “It's fact. You can’t change the results of an MRI. So we’re very comfortable with it, and if anybody wants to utilize the process in place with the union, go right ahead. It’s not something we’re afraid of.”

He added: "We have a great medical staff so I can just tell you that. There have been no missteps."

Wallace Matthews and I reported on this Thursday in this news story:

Rodriguez did speak with team president Randy Levine late Tuesday night, ESPNNewYork.com has learned. Rodriguez, according to sources with knowledge of the conversation, told Levine that he did not trust the Yankees' team doctor, Chris Ahmad. ...

The bad feelings between Rodriguez and the Yankees over his injuries date back to this past October. Rodriguez thinks Ahmad should have found his hip injury during the playoffs. Rodriguez struggled in the postseason, going 3-for-25 with no extra-base hits and 12 strikeouts, which eventually led to his being benched and pinch hit for during the American League Division Series and Championship Series.

It turned out that Rodriguez had a serious hip injury. A source said Rodriguez told the team during the playoffs that he never felt better and mentioned a problem with his hip only after he was pinch hit for the first time in the ALDS.

The source said Rodriguez was examined by his original hip doctor, Marc Philippon, who also found no injury in the right hip.

"He blames Dr. Ahmad for missing his hip injury? He missed his own hip injury," a Yankees official said.

It turned out that Rodriguez, who previously had surgery on his right hip, needed an operation on his left hip.

Rodriguez said on WFAN Thursday he did not know he could file a grievance through the union.