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Alex Rodriguez gets stitches removed from right knee

Jul 21, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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It’s too early to claim that Alex Rodriguez is making “progress” from last week’s knee surgery, but everything to this point has gone according to plan.

According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, the third baseman had the stitches removed from his right knee on Thursday in Miami and has been working out this week in a rehab pool.

A-Rod had surgery on July 14 to repair a torn meniscus and is not expected to return to the major leagues until late August, at the earliest.

The Yankees have handed starting third base duties over to Eduardo Nunez in the meantime.

Rodriguez, 35, was batting .295/.366/.485 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI through 344 plate appearances.

  1. bigleagues - Jul 21, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    In other news, Alex Rodriquez also sat down – without assistance – for a dump AND read a magazine without any residual effects.

    He has not, however, yet been cleared for bidet use.

    • ditto65 - Jul 21, 2011 at 9:43 PM

      Where is Len?

      • kiwicricket - Jul 21, 2011 at 10:22 PM

        I’m afraid even Len can’t defend that ‘blue steel’.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2011 at 10:19 PM

      He has been cleared to walk in water.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2011 at 11:07 PM

        Rodriguez has to exercise in a pool as only Jeter has been cleared to walk on water.

  2. arodlovers - Jul 21, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Someone please clarify. This is the 3rd place that I have seen “late August the earliest” If he had surgery on 7/14…the earliest of 4 to 6 weeks is 8/11. That is far from “Late August” Also, it was announced that he would miss 4 to 6 weeks back on 7/10, which would mean a chance to be back 1st week of August…Am I missing something? Rotoworld, Hardball and cbs (always inaccurate) all seem to have decided today that he would be out for 6 weeks +….Drew, if you can clarify where you got ” late August” from, it would be very helpful…Thanks…

    PS Why was Chipper’s timetable 2 to 3 weeks and Alex was 4 to 6? Been wanting an answer to that one for awhile.

    • bigleagues - Jul 22, 2011 at 4:41 PM

      Quite simply, if there was a Hall Of Fame for Great regularly injured players, Chipper would be the Babe Ruth of that canon of players. Throughout his career, Chipper has been injured and returned way ahead of doctors projections.

  3. stankfinger - Jul 22, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    This coverage isn’t enough for me. Anyone know where I can get regular A-Rod bowel movement updates?

    • bigleagues - Jul 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

      Stankfinger- believe you me – I am your source for all things porcelain as it pertains to MLB players!

    • bigleagues - Jul 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM

      In the meantime, you’ll have to settle for ‘irregular’ bowel movement updates.

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