One day after Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees clashed over the decision to seek a second opinion on his strained left quadriceps the third baseman is trying to turn the page.

"I think the Yanks and I crossed signals" Rodriguez said on Thursday in a statement released through a publicist. "I don't want any more mixups. I'm excited and ready to play and help this team win a championship.

"I feel great and I'm ready and want to be in the lineup Friday night. Enough doctors let's play."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in Arlington that he had not spoken to general manager Brian Cashman about the situation but Girardi is not expecting to be able to write Rodriguez's name in Friday's lineup against the Rays.

"I'm sure they'll go through all the proper rehab channels and we'll move forward every day" Girardi said.

Asked if he would be surprised to have Rodriguez in the clubhouse on Friday at Yankee Stadium Girardi replied "Yeah I would think so. Yeah."

Cashman released a statement on Wednesday that indicated Rodriguez has acted contrary to Major League Baseball's Collective Bargaining Agreement by failing to inform the team that he was seeking a second opinion.

On Sunday Yankees team physician Christopher Ahmad diagnosed Rodriguez with a Grade 1 strain of his left quad after an exam and MRI in New York. As a result the Yankees said that Rodriguez would remain on the disabled list and return to Florida to rest and receive treatment.

But on Wednesday Ahmad's diagnosis was questioned by Dr. Michael Gross chief of orthopedics of Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack N.J. Gross said on WFAN Radio in New York that Rodriguez had asked him to look over the MRI exam to offer a second opinion.