NEW YORK – Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman challenged Alex Rodriguez to have his leg examined by an outside doctor, defending the team’s medical and training staff and saying he wouldn’t comment on “extra noise.”

The third baseman claims his left quadriceps really isn’t injured and detailed his frustration during a radio interview, just hours after team management said he wouldn’t be ready to resume minor league rehab games until Aug. 1.

Cashman says “the MRI is the MRI. It’s fact. You can’t change the results on an MRI,” then added Friday: “We’re very comfortable with it, and if anybody wants to utilize the process in place with the union, go right ahead. It’s not something we’re afraid of.”

BRAVES: General Manager Frank Wren said the “tightest market I’ve ever seen” could make it difficult to trade for a starting pitcher to replace Tim Hudson.

No updates were immediately available Friday on Hudson’s season-ending surgery on the broken right ankle he suffered Wednesday against the Mets.

BREWERS: A Wisconsin woman is still a Milwaukee Brewers fan, even though security at Miller Park asked her to leave a game after she changed her Ryan Braun jersey to read “FRAUD.”

Karen Eidem, 37, of Pewaukee said she papered over the letters “B” and “N” in Braun’s name with the letters “F” and “D” on the back of her Brewers shirt after the slugger accepted a season-ending, 65-game suspension after admitting to violating baseball’s rules on performance-enhancing drugs.

“A lot of fans complimented me on the jersey,” Eidem said. “It was all meant in good fun. It wasn’t meant to be derogatory.”

CARDINALS: Lefty John Gast is expected to be ready to pitch in eight to 12 months following season-ending surgery on his left shoulder.

Gast was 2-0 with a 5.11 ERA in three starts before he was placed on the disabled list on May 26 with a left shoulder strain.