A precautionary MRI Friday revealed a slight meniscus tear in the right knee of Alex Rodriguez, who is now faced with the decision of whether or not to undergo surgery.We've seen what happens to this team when A-Rod sits, so I'm hopeful that he can play through this, regardless of the lack of power, he's been doing a pretty good job playing through it so far.
Manager Joe Girardi said mid-season surgery would likely cost Rodriguez about a month, though the Yankees could choose to play Rodriguez through the injury — as the slugger has done since suffering it nearly three weeks ago — and have him undergo surgery at the end of the year.
Rodriguez first hurt his knee in a June 19 game in Chicago, when he caught the knee as a baserunner at third on a wild pitch in the sixth inning, as he pivoted back to third after thinking of running home. He ended up scoring one pitch later on a Russell Martin sacrifice fly.
Rodriguez has hit .321 since the injury, and his .295 batting average this season is second on the team to Robinson Cano (.297).
Saturday, July 9, 2011
From Bryan Hoch: