A second opinion on Alex Rodriguez’s strained left quadriceps appears to have only furthered the chasm between the Yankees and their highest-paid player. An orthopedic surgeon who said he reviewed an MRI of Rodriguez on Wednesday morning but did not examine him in person indicated he saw no visible injury on the MRI and that Rodriguez told him he was ready to play.

Michael Gross is the chief of the sports medicine division and the orthopedic director of The Sports Medicine Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center. After he read Rodriguez’s MRI he spoke to him over the phone. Rodriguez arrived at the team’s complex in Tampa Fla. on Wednesday.

“Specifically I said ‘Do you have any pain?’ He said ‘No’” Gross told The Star-Ledger in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “I said ‘Do you feel like you can play?’ He said ‘Yes.’”

But because Gross did not see Rodriguez in person the Yankees do not appear swayed by his findings. “There’s no discrepancy” one person with knowledge of the situation said. “Because Dr. Gross says he never examined him.”

Rodriguez sought Gross as a second opinion after an MRI delivered by team doctor Chris Ahmad on Sunday showed a Grade-1 strain of his quadriceps. The injury halted Rodriguez’s return to the majors after a 20-day rehabilitation assignment following offseason hip surgery. The decision came as Rodriguez awaits a likely suspension from Major League Baseball for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

This is not the first time Rodriguez has clashed with the Yankees front office over his rehabilitation. Earlier this summer general manager Brian Cashman delivered an expletive-laden rebuke to Rodriguez after the third baseman wrote on Twitter information that contradicted the team’s publicly prescribed process. Cashman did not immediately return a phone call on Wednesday seeking comment.

Now another controversy is brewing. Rodriguez told the team about tightness in his quadriceps on Saturday. His decision to seek a second opinion caught Yankees officials by surprise. He did not inform the team about this which would be a violation of baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement according to a person with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because the process involved confidential medical records. The player must ask the team in writing before meeting with an outside doctor.

“You just can’t go get a second opinion from anybody” the person said. “You have to be checked out.”

Gross cautioned that because he did not examine Rodriguez in person that fact removed an element of depth from his diagnosis the ability to poke and prod at a body part for better information. He also clarified that he was not a radiologist who would be more qualified to study an MRI. “My opinion has those limitations” he said.