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Alex Rodriguez could need in-season surgery for slight meniscus tear in knee

Jul 9, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, Alex Rodriguez was diagnosed with a slight meniscus tear in his ailing right knee.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said a decision will be made today whether A-Rod will continue to play through the pain or undergo in-season surgery, which much like fellow veteran third baseman Chipper Jones, would likely cost him a month. Either way, surgery will eventually be necessary.

Rodriguez, 35, is batting .295/.366/.485 with 13 homers and 52 RBI over 344 plate appearances this season, but hasn’t homered since June 11. Eric Chavez was his primary backup to begin the season, but is currently on the disabled list. If A-Rod opts for the surgery, Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez would be in line for most of the playing time at the hot corner. In that case, we should probably expect Brian Cashman to be active at the trade deadline.

On a day where all the attention was supposed to be focused on Derek Jeter‘s pursuit of 3,000 hits, now we’ll all be talking about A-Rod’s dilemma. Typical A-Rod to go ahead and get hurt just to steal the spotlight, right?

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jul 9, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Good thing I’m on duty today!

    Leave ARod Alone!

    • yankeesfanlen - Jul 9, 2011 at 10:56 AM

      Seriously, isn’t Jorge Vazquez still in Scranton? He be a much better opotion than Pena.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 9, 2011 at 11:33 AM

        I think Ramiro Pena must have those same incrimidating pictures of Cashman that Sergio Mitre has…

  2. jimbo1949 - Jul 9, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    “Typical A-Rod to go ahead and get hurt just to steal the spotlight, right?”
    .
    I’ve heard of stirring the pot but this is like an Evinrude in a 55 gallon drum.
    .
    Good thing Len’s on duty :-)

  3. Ari Collins - Jul 9, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    He should get that surgery. Yanks are extremely likely to make the postseason, so they should get him healthy for October.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 9, 2011 at 11:34 AM

      I would have to agree. He’s clearly not right. Would you rather have a healthy A-Rod in Sept or a 60% healthy A-Rod until then.

  4. yankeesgameday - Jul 9, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Forge vazquez is not ready for the bigs. I don’t care what his numbers are right now. When is Eric have coming back.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

      He’s got to be a better hitter than the other Jorge at this point. The other big question is why Andruw Jones keeps getting ABs?

  5. danberman4 - Jul 9, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Fans falling is a problem. But so is the number hit by balls and bats, I love sitting close to the field, but you really have to be super alert. It’s dangerous.

    http://pinetarandbrickbats.blogspot.com/2011/04/about-that-ticket-warning.html

  6. fthrvic - Jul 9, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Its alot harder to keep your body in order when you’re off “the program”, huh Aroid?

  7. tominma - Jul 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    I wonder what that $27M/yr salary for 6-7 more years looks now……..

  8. tominma - Jul 9, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    AROD stats:

    Ave 16th
    RBI 14th
    HR 18th
    OBP 17th
    SLG 20th
    OPS 13th

  9. footdronline - Jul 9, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    NY Yankee A-Rod diagnosed with meniscus tear: http://t.co/6CBqs1B

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