Major League Baseball has asked a Manhattan court to subpoena PR records from Sitrick and Company related to its work with Alex Rodriguez amid the league's arbitration showdown with the embattled slugger, according to a report.
The legal faceoff comes as Rodriguez appeals his record 211-game suspension from MLB.
The New York Daily News reports today that the office of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig petitioned Manhattan Supreme court this week to enforce its subpoena of the PR docs as it alleges Rodriguez's PR team leaked information that implicated other MLB players in the Biogensis performance-enhancing drug scandal that sparked his ban.
The petition says Rodriguez' side obtained Biogensis documents to keep them from MLB's probe of the Yankees third baseman. It alleges the documents were then provided to the firm led by Michael Sitrick, which leaked them to Yahoo! Sports, the outlet that broke the news of other players involved in the scandal.
"The testimony of Mr. Sitrick is necessary to establish whether Rodriguez or his representatives have or had documents relevant to MLB’s allegations in the arbitration in their possession and when these documents were obtained," reads the petition," according to the News.
"We are expecting to work it out," Sitrick's lawyer, J. Michael Hennigan, told the Daily News and Post. "It is Mr. Sitrick's intention to cooperate to the extent that he can."
Sitrick went to bat for A-Rod early this year after the Miami New Times first reported the Biogensis anti-aging clinic in South Florida supplied performance-enhancing drugs to Rodriguez and other MLB players.
A-Rod's lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, issued a statement today on the latest legal play by MLB" "Alex unequivocally denies having exposed any players. This is MLB's desperate cry for help. What happened to the 'overwhelming mountain' of evidence against Alex?"
MLB wants Sitrick to appear at the A-Rod hearing, which resumes Nov. 18.