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TODAY   |  August 20, 2013

A-Rod reportedly suing doctor for malpractice

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is reportedly planning to sue a team doctor for not properly diagnosing a hip injury from last year, while Major League Baseball is asking for the release of all documents and messages related to Rodriguez’s treatment by a man who allegedly sold performing-enhancing drugs. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.

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>>> new fall out this morning surrounding yankee's star alex rodriguez and his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs . nbc's stephanie gosk has the latest on this. good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning. this is a time of year when fans are supposed to be talking about the pennant race and playoffs but these days it's all about alex rodriguez and his growing feud with major league baseball and the new york yankees . alex rodriguez and the new york yankees are fighting to make it to the playoffs, but the real battle is taking place off the field. this morning, rodriguez 's lawyers are reportedly preparing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the yankee's team doctor for failing to properly diagnose a hip injury last fall according to espn.

>> nobody told alex rodriguez that he had a hole in his left hip. nobody.

>> rodriguez 's lawyer joe tacopina gave nbc news a mri he says was taken lost october. they say it proves there's a tear in the soft tissue around the hip. a half dozen doctors says the damage on it's own was not enough information to make a diagnosis. facing a 211 game suspension for using performance enhancing drugs . they won't answer the one question they keep getting asked. did he do it?

>> he shouldn't serve one inning of a suspension.

>> tacapino went on to explain he can't say more about the case siting major league baseball 's confidentiality. but the league agreed waive that policy including all documents records communications and instant messages relating to rodriguez 's treatment by anthony bosch. the man that sold performance enhancing drugs .

>> if you'd like me to sit and read this right now.

>> reporter: but later he called the letter a publicity stunt and trap that could require approval from the players union before he could sign.

>> you've got the highest paid player in the history of the game and you have this steroids problem that just won't go away and a player that seems to lawyer up day by day .

>> reporter: a-rod's legal team says they're working on providing more medical information. but this sun clear what it has to do with the doping information. the yankees deny with holding any medical information from rodriguez .

>> that's a story that will