MLB notes: Lawyer: Yankees misled A-Rod

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez warms up before the Yankees' American League baseball...

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez warms up before the Yankees' American League baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts August 16, 2013. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

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Alex Rodriguez's new lawyer is swinging for the fences in his criticism of the New York Yankees, saying the team did not want their star third baseman to ever play again.

Joseph Tacopina, Rodriguez's new hire, is also accusing the club and Major League Baseball of ganging up on Rodriguez to make sure he did not collect on the $86 million he is still owed after this season.

"They rolled him out there like an invalid and made him look like he was finished as a ballplayer," Tacopina told the New York Times, saying the team hid from Rodriguez an MRI result that revealed he had a torn labrum -- a hole in his hip -- during his struggles on the field late last season.

After Rodriguez found out what was wrong, he was sent by the team to Dr. Bryan T. Kelly, a prominent surgeon in Manhattan. Tacopina said Kelly told Rodriguez that the Yankees president, Randy Levine, said to the doctor, "I don't ever want to see him on the field again."

"It sent chills down Alex's spine," Tacopina said.

Levine denied making the statement. "Each and every one of these allegations is specious and completely false," he said.

Rodriguez, suspended 211 games by the league in early August, is currently playing for the Yankees after appealing the ban.

LESTER NO FAN OF A-ROD

John Lester understands the appeals process that has Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez playing during his 211-game suspension.

But the Boston Red Sox pitcher certainly doesn't like it.

"There are two different ways to look at it," Lester told the Boston Herald. "As a baseball player playing the Yankees right now it's obviously, 'Get rid of him.' But as a union member, stepping back, you say, 'OK, this is the (appeals) process that we put in there, we agreed to it.' If you step back, and you're realistic about it, I understand. My feelings are still that he shouldn't be playing."

Lester couldn't understand why Rodriguez would allegedly use performance-enhancing drugs.

"I get that the money in this industry is just absolutely asinine," he said. "I get that that drives a lot of people. I get that. But would you rather have $10 million in the bank, or would you rather be able to look your dad in the eye or your wife in the eye and say, 'I did it right. I may have only played five years, but every one of those days I was clean and did it right.'

"I'd rather play five years of (clean) mediocre baseball than play 20 of good baseball (on steroids). When you're done, what do you tell your kids? 'Yeah, I played baseball for 20 years, but I stuck a needle in my ass the whole time.'"

TIME'S UP FOR SCIOSCIA?

Mike Scioscia may be the longest current manager in MLB with the Los Angeles Angels, but his 14 years with the team may be over by season’s end.

While the team is 13 games below .500 entering Saturday's game against the woeful Houston Astros and on the verge of missing the playoffs for a fourth straight season, Scioscia says he wants to stay.

"This is where I want to be," Mike Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times. "This is what I am committed to."

Angels owner Arte Moreno may have different thoughts.

When asked whether he had decided if Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto would return next season, a team spokesperson said Moreno declined to comment.

"We're taking this thing hard," Scioscia said. "We know we need to get better. That's where our energy is going."


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