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Alex Rodriguez getting knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

Jul 10, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

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Welp, the New York Post was right.

According to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will undergo surgery on his right knee Monday and will need 4-6 weeks of recovery time.

The Yankees’ medical staff diagnosed A-Rod with a torn meniscus on Saturday and recommended that he undergo a knee procedure. After getting a second opinion Sunday morning in Miami, Rodriguez agreed.

New York has a five-game lead in the American League Wild Card standings and will hope that doesn’t fluctuate in A-Rod’s absence. It could, but not without another team making a big charge. The Rays are 5 games back and the Angels are 5.5 games back — and both teams have major holes.

The Yanks, as of Sunday, are neck-and-neck in their own division with the Red Sox. They should survive.

Rodriguez, 35, has hit .295/.366/.485 this season with 13 homers and 52 RBI in 344 plate appearances. With Eric Chavez (abdomen, back, foot) still ailing, Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena will be handling third base.

  1. gmsingh - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    With the right combination of ‘roids and HGH he’ll be playing again in no time. Look at Pujols.

    • henryd3rd - Jul 10, 2011 at 9:35 PM

      With the right combination of brains and intelligence you would stop hating on A-Rod get a life and find something better to do with your miserable life.

  2. Elwood Larf - Jul 11, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Look for the Cubs to pull the trigger on a deal that sends Aramis Ramirez to New York.

    • pisano - Jul 11, 2011 at 12:23 AM

      If the back up plan Chavez wasn’t the second coming of Nick Johnson the Yankees would have been fine, but now they may be forced to get someone. Pena is unreliable defensively and doesn’t hit enough. If all else fails Nunez will fill the gap, hopefully.

  3. ginnitti - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    It’s that time of year again to re-address the fact that A-Rod is aging, continues to jump on and off the DL, and yet owns a salary that remains to be the bar for MLB free agency. His $32 million base salary this year isn’t just hampering (slightly) the Yankees payroll, it’s keeping the mid to small organizations from contending with superstar signings.

    Elwood: I agree that Aramis is in play to head to the Bronx. Every year the Yankees shore up their bench with players who should be starting on any other team, but become DH/Pinch hitters for their postseason run. He’s an immediate fill in for A-Rod to compliment Nunez as well.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:35 AM

      Wrong. The small- and mid-market organizations are hampered by the presence of other buys in the market who value the same players as much or more so than they do. Has nothing to do with A-Rod.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Jul 11, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Doesn’t A-Rod have a streak of consecutive 30-homer 100-RBI seasons going? I suppose this puts the nail in that coffin huh?

  5. dmac26 - Jul 11, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Wow. Missing just the next 5 weeks (27 games) would cost Alex missed salary ($31m/year & 162 game schedule) of $5,166,666. Wait. No it won’t.. Never mind.

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