Knee Surgery for Alexander Rodriguez – The A-Rod
Alexander Rodriguez, nicknamed “A-Rod” is one of America’s most successful professional baseball players and is considered to be one of the best baseball players of all time. He plays third base for the New York Yankees but has also played for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers.
A-Rod is the youngest player to make 500 home runs, a record not broken since 1939 and beat Babe Ruth’s record of 600 by over one year.
Now he is due to have knee surgery to repair damage to his knee. Here is an article that outlines his knee injury.
By: Staff Writer
Posted: 07/11/2011 1:00 AM
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday and is expected to miss four to six weeks, the Yankees announced after Sunday’s game.
The third baseman sought a second opinion from orthopedic surgeon Lee Kaplan after an MRI on Friday revealed a slight meniscus tear. Rodriguez was given the option of surgery or playing through the injury. He flew to Miami on Sunday to meet with Kaplan, who recommended surgery, which he will perform at the University of Miami.
The Yankees could not say for sure if Rodriguez would be playing for them or rehabbing in the minors when he returns.
“There’s no doubt we’re going to miss him, but we need to find a way,” manager Joe Girardi said in a statement. “As I’ve said several times already this year, some people are going to have to step up. Up to this point, this team has. We certainly look forward to getting a healthy Alex back into our lineup because we know what he adds to this team.”
Rodriguez has dealt with discomfort since he twisted the knee last month at Wrigley Field. Although he batted .359 (23-for-64) with 10 RBI in his past 16 games, he has not hit a home run in 85 at-bats. That’s the longest drought in a 17-season career in which he has hit 626 homers.
For the season, A-Rod is hitting .295 with 13 homers and 52 RBI.
– McClatchy news service
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 11, 2011 C2