The payments were first reported Sunday by ESPN. Rodriguez declined comment, citing the JDA’s confidentiality provision.
“At some point, I think everybody will talk,” he said early Monday. “I think everybody has to have a little patience.”
Rodriguez is among 14 players disciplined by MLB this summer following its Biogenesis investigation. Former NL MVP Ryan Braun accepted a 65-game suspension and 12 players agreed to 50-game penalties.
The 38-year-old Rodriguez made his big league season debut Aug. 5, the same day his suspension was announced. He had been sidelined since left hip surgery in January and his return was delayed by a leg injury in July.
Rodriguez batted .120 (3 for 25) with no RBIs in last year’s playoffs, and Tacopina claims an Oct. 11 MRI at New York-Presbyterian Hospital revealed the left hip injury. The Yankees maintain Rodriguez complained then only of a problem with his right hip, which was operated on in March 2009.
“They put him out there in that condition when he shouldn’t have even been walking, much less playing baseball,” Tacopina said Monday during an interview with The Associated Press.
Rodriguez said Sunday he asked the union to file a grievance over his medical treatment. That likely will not be part of the drug appeal.
“I’m sure it will be separate, but I’ll leave that to those expects in labor law and the CBA process,” he said.
Tacopina also claims Yankees President Randy Levine told Dr. Bryan Kelly of the Hospital for Special Surgery, who operated on Rodriguez’s left hip in January, that he didn’t want to see Rodriguez play for the team again. Levine has denied the allegation.
“This is part of the mindset of what they’re doing to this guy and working in conjunction with MLB to try to keep him off the field,” Tacopina said.
Tracy Hickenbottom, a HSS spokeswoman, said Kelly had no comment.
The Yankees said in a statement “we relied upon Dr. Christopher Ahmad and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital for medical diagnosis, opinions and treatment. The Yankees neither had any complaints from Alex Rodriguez pertaining to his left hip during the 2012 regular season and the Yankees postseason, nor did the Yankees receive any diagnosis pertaining to his left hip during that same period of time.”
Bryan Dotson, a spokesman for New York-Presbyterian, said the hospital had no comment on Rodriguez’s treatment,
Also Monday, a woman indicted last year on charges of stalking Yankees general manager Brian Cashman filed a petition in New York State Supreme Court asking for an order to block Tacopina from representing Rodriguez.
Louise Motherwell claimed Stephen Turano of Tacopina’s firm has represented her in a New Jersey case. One of Motherwell’s lawyers said last year she had a consensual relationship with Cashman, and the filing said she shared information with Turano claiming Cashman “intentionally misled federal investigators during the Roger Clemens investigation,” “knew of Yankee clubhouse steroid use by various Yankee players by name” and “was ambivalent to the use of performance-enhancement drugs so long as nothing came back to the Yankees organization.”