The Alex Rodriguez-New York Yankees soap opera was a five-part miniseries Thursday culminating in A-Rod again declaring he was ready to play now but -- since he is just "an employee" -- that he would accept the Yankees' plan to have him start a rehab assignment Aug. 1.

If all goes according to plan with the quad and if he is not suspended by baseball in the interim A-Rod could return to the Yankees soon after Aug. 1. Rodriguez told WFAN radio in New York on Thursday evening that he chose to do a five-day rehab which could put him back in the lineup by Aug. 6 against the White Sox.

"Obviously I'm an employee. I have to follow my bosses and I was on the phone with both of my bosses. They said there is a protocol" Rodriguez said on WFAN.

While both sides agreed to the plan and said publicly they wanted Rodriguez back on the field the level of mistrust and animosity continues. Sources told the Yankees are "likely" to fine Rodriguez because he sought a second opinion without notifying the team in writing in advance.

Rodriguez did speak with team president Randy Levine late Tuesday night has learned. Rodriguez according to sources with knowledge of the conversation told Levine that he did not trust the Yankees' team doctor Chris Ahmad. On Thursday Rodriguez was examined by another doctor Dan Murphy in Tampa Fla.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Murphy concurred with Ahmad's original diagnosis from Sunday of a Grade 1 strain. Afterward Rodriguez and one of his lawyers Jordan Siev had a conference call with Cashman and Levine during which a new rehab protocol was laid out calling for a course of treatment that will take Rodriguez through the rest of July.

"Just want to make sure that everything is documented and there are no more mix-ups like I said today" Rodriguez said on WFAN when asked why the lawyer was present.

Around lunchtime Thursday Rodriguez released a statement saying: "I think the Yanks and I crossed signals. 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."

Cashman said the hope was Rodriguez would be able to play in a rehab game Aug. 1.