Alex Rodriguez Injury: Yankees Star Will Return Sunday

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Alex Rodriguez Injury: Yankees Third Baseman To Be Activated From DL

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who has been on the DL since July 7 and had surgery on his right knee, will be activated from the disabled list and bat fourth Sunday, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Asked if [manager Joe] Girardi would ease Rodriguez in as the designated hitter against right-hander Nick Blackburn, Girardi left open the option of using him there or at third base. Rodriguez would prefer the latter.

The Yankees will have to make a roster move to make room for A-Rod on the 25-man roster. Sherman speculates that a pitcher might be sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room, possibly reliever Hector Noesi, although Noesi has been effective for the Yankees this year.

Left-handed reliever Aaron Laffey, whom the Yankees acquired from the Mariners on Friday, and who threw three innings in Saturday’s game against the Twins, has options remaining, according to Sherman, and would be another possibility.

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Alex Rodriguez Injury: Yankees Third Baseman Begins Rehab Assignment Friday

The YankeesAlex Rodriguez, who hasn’t played since July 7 and is recovering from surgery on a meniscus tear in his right knee, will begin a rehab assignment Friday night with the Class A Tampa Yankees, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

Rodriguez, 36, will play in a 7 p.m. ET Florida State League game in Dunedin, Fla. against an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Rodriguez is expected to play third base for Tampa on Saturday in a 6 p.m. ET game, also at Dunedin.

The Yankees hope that A-Rod might be ready to return to their lineup as early as Monday, when they begin a series with the Royals at Kansas City. However, even if he can’t make that Monday date, they are expecting him back for their series with the Twins which begins next Thursday, Aug. 18 in Minneapolis.

A-Rod was hitting .295/.366/.485 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI in 80 games before the injury.

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Alex Rodriguez Injury: Yankees Third Baseman Could Start Rehab Assignment Friday

The New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, who has been out of the lineup since July 7 with a meniscus tear in his right knee for which he had arthroscopic surgery, may begin a rehab assignment on Friday, according to the New York Post:

Alex Rodriguez might be able to start playing in minor league games Friday after making progress during yesterday’s workout in Tampa.

Asked the earliest the cleanup hitter could start a rehab assignment, general manager Brian Cashman said “the 12th.”

The article goes on to say that A-Rod has been working out, doing running drills and taking some batting practice, and is expected to ramp up those workouts beginning today.

Rodriguez, prior to the injury, was hitting .295/.366/.485 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI in 80 games. The Yankees, though they could surely use that sort of production in the middle of their order, don’t seem to have missed a beat while A-Rod has been out. Even though they lost Saturday to the Red Sox, a defeat that dropped them back into a first place tie with Boston in the AL East, they are 18-8 since Rodriguez has been out of the lineup.

Which may be one reason they aren’t rushing him back.

For more on A-Rod and the Yankees, please visit our SB Nation Yankees site Pinstripe Alley.

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Alex Rodriguez Injury: Surgery Could Sideline Yankees Star For Six Weeks

After suffering a meniscus tear Thursday night, Alex Rodriguez opted out of the 2011 All-Star Game and spent a couple days deciding whether or not to undergo knee surgery. Sunday, the New York Yankees confirmed to ESPN that  their star third baseman will indeed go under the knife at the hand of the University of Miami's Dr. Lee Kaplan. 

A-Rod is expected to miss somewhere between four and six weeks of playing time. Yankees manager Joe Girardi spoke to ESPN about losing the All-Star:

There's no doubt we're going to miss him, but we need to find a way. 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.

For more on Rodriguez's injury, stay with this StoryStream. Head over to Pinstripe Alley for all your Yankee needs.

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Alex Rodriguez Injury: Yankees Third Baseman Seeking Second Opinion

New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has a slight tear in his meniscus, according to a report on Saturday morning. The tear may require surgery and would send Rodriguez to the disabled list, perhaps for a month or longer. But before wide-spread panic sets in, Rodriguez is seeking a second opinion to weigh his options and make sure surgery is absolutely necessary.

In fact, Rodriguez is seeking multiple opinions and huddling with physicians to make a decision. On Saturday, he told reporters he wants to be absolutely certain about his decision, with an emphasis placed on his health late in the season.

"I want to talk to (Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher) Ahmad and then I'm gonna see Dr. K and we'll call Dr. Ahmad and make a decision collectively," Rodriguez said after not playing in the Yankees' 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. "It's hard to get into missing 20, 30, 40 games when you don't know, but at the same time you don't want to limp toward the finish line. The most important games are played at the end."

Rodriguez has been playing with the injury since June 19 and may opt to continue playing through it, waiting until the offseason to have a procedure done. Last season, CC Sabathia played through the same injury, though the Yankees are worried Rodriguez's ailment is hurting his power.

For more on Rodriguez's injury, stay with this StoryStream. Head over to Pinstripe Alley for all your Yankee needs.

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Alex Rodriguez Injury: Yankees Star Has Meniscus Tear

On Friday, we learned that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez would not play in Tuesday's All-Star Game; the Yankees star did play Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, going 0-for-4. He was going to be held out of Friday night's game, before it was postponed by rain. Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox will replace him on the All-Star team.

Today, via tweet from Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, we learn that A-Rod is injured:

Early news from #Rays-Yanks, A-Rod has meniscus tear in right knee, may need surgery, would miss a month

That's rough news for the Yankees; Rodriguez has 13 home runs and 52 RBI and is hitting .295/.366/.485 this season. There's no word yet on when this surgery might happen or when A-Rod would go on the disabled list. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Eduardo Nunez, who played in place of Derek Jeter during the shortstop's recent stay on the DL, would play third base in A-Rod's place.

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