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Alex Rodriguez weighs options for knee injury including surgery

July 9, 2011 | 11:24 am

Alex-rodriguez2_600 Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees' slugging third baseman, has a slight tear in his right knee, a probable cause for his sudden power loss, and the 14-time All-Star was expected to soon decide on the best course of action.

New York Manager Joe Girardi revealed the injury on Saturday, and said Rodriguez was out of the lineup. An exam on Friday showed a slight tear in the cartilage and left A-Rod with two options: He could try to play through it, or have surgery and miss perhaps a month.

Girardi said he expected a decision would be announced on Sunday. Rodriguez, who turns 36 this month, has already pulled out of next week's All-Star game.

The three-time American League MVP is hitting .295 with 13 home runs and 52 RBIs this season. But the slugger with 626 career home runs has not connected since June 11 and has gone 85 at-bats without a homer, his longest single-season drought.

“I just don't think he has the drive in his back side that he needs to have,” Girardi said. “He's not driving the ball.”

Rodriguez tweaked his knee at Wrigley Field on June 19, and the tear in his meniscus has slowed him on the bases. He is batting .359 with 10 RBIs in his last 16 games, but has looked much more like a singles hitter than a power hitter.

“I think he's just fought through it,” Girardi said.


Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez pulls out of All-Star game

-- Associated Press