NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez expanded his assault on the baseball establishment with a lawsuit accusing the Yankees team physician and a New York City hospital of mishandling his medical care during the 2012 AL playoffs.
In a suit filed late Friday in New York Supreme Court in the Bronx, lawyers for Rodriguez say he was given an MRI on Oct. 11, 2012, that revealed an injury to his left hip joint. The suit said that Yankees physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad did not inform him of the tear and cleared him to continue playing, and accused them of medical malpractice.
As a result, the suit claims, Rodriguez further injured himself and also "sustained great pain, agony, injury, suffering, disability, hospitalization, as well as mental anguish and emotional distress." The suit also names New York-Presbyterian Hospital as a defendant.
"We are not commenting due to pending litigation," hospital spokeswoman Myrna Manners said Saturday.
Ahmad did not respond to a telephone message seeking comment.
The hospital and Ahmad may claim that the proper forum for Rodriguez's complaint is either Workman's Compensation or the grievance process of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.
The union is attempting to overturn the 211-game suspension given to Rodriguez by MLB on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of its drug agreement and labor contract.
Surgery for Harvey: More than five weeks after getting the shocking diagnosis of a torn elbow ligament, New York Mets ace Matt Harvey gave in and agreed Friday to have surgery that will sideline him for the entire 2014 season.
The 24-year-old right-hander, the National League starter in the All-Star game at Citi Field, had stubbornly said he could rehabilitate the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and avoid surgery. But when Harvey met Friday with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, he agreed to be operated on this month by Dr. James Andrews.
Pujols sues Clark: Albert Pujols sued Jack Clark on Friday over comments on a local radio show accusing the three-time NL MVP of using steroids.
The lawsuit between former Cardinals stars was filed in Circuit Court in St. Louis County, where Pujols lives. It seeks unspecified damages that would be donated to charity, and asks for a determination and declaration that Clark's statements are false.
The petition says Pujols' "character and reputation are impeccable and beyond reproach" and cites his charitable work with the Pujols Family Foundation, while calling Clark "a struggling radio talk show host" who was chasing ratings in the first week his new show was on the air.
Gymnastics championships: The United States won a second gold-silver double in as many days at the gymnastics world championships on Saturday, with defending champion McKayla Maroney beating all-around champion Simone Biles in the vault.
Earlier, 17-year-old Kenzo Shirai of Japan twisted his way to the floor gold medal, becoming the first athlete to perform a quadruple twist at a major event final.
The U.S. women kept up their dominance as Maroney performed two daring vaults with poise and elegance to edge Biles in the final. Maroney received 15.724 points, with Biles finishing at 15.595. Hong Un-jong of North Korea took bronze with 15.483.
Seve Trophy on the line: Britain and Ireland won four and halved one of the eight foursomes to tie Continental Europe 9-9 at the Seve Trophy on Saturday.
Continental Europe led 8-6 after the morning session, but Britain and Ireland rallied in the afternoon. Paul Casey and David Lynn beat Miguel Angel Jimenez and Matteo Manassero by a hole to even the contest.
The tournament ends on Sunday with 10 singles. Each team needs 5 1/2 more points for victory.
Continental Europe lost the last six meetings and is trying to win the trophy for the first time since the inaugural contest in 2000.
IndyCar changes: Chip Ganassi Racing added another Indianapolis 500 winner to its team Friday and dropped Honda for Chevrolet in an engine manufacturer switch that seemed to be in the works since the start of the season. Both moves could have a ripple effect throughout the IndyCar paddock.
KV Racing must now replace reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, who turned down an offer to return to the team that rescued him just before the start of the 2011 season when Kanaan didn't have a ride. The KV extension didn't require the Brazilian to bring any sponsorship money to the team, but Kanaan chose instead to join Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball at Ganassi, which next year will field cars for five of the last seven Indy 500 winners.
Teen shooting lights out: American teenager Josh Ruggles has beaten eight professional basketball players from the Spanish league in a 3-point shooting contest.
The 16-year-old Ruggles was a special guest invited by the Spanish league to the event on Saturday after a video of him making 135 3-pointers in five minutes went viral.
Ruggles edged former NBA player Andres Nocioni 18-17 in the semifinal. He then beat Jaycee Carroll, the Spanish league's top-scorer in 2010 and 2011, in the final 14-12.
Streak ends at 66: The Railsplitters have derailed a demoralizing losing streak. Lincoln Park's football team ended a 66-game skid Friday night during a game against Taylor Kennedy, another suburban Detroit prep rival.
The 34-20 win in Taylor breaks Michigan's longest losing run. Lincoln Park hadn't won a game since 2006.
Coach Jamie Grignon told reporters his team was focused and "wasn't going to be denied."