Alex Rodriguez shared his manager’s optimism when he got the MRI results this afternoon.
“Overall I feel very happy, very relieved,” he said. “I spent 30 minutes in that machine today, and you’re really hoping for the best, and today we got a good answer.”
Rodriguez said the doctors have told him the current problem is not related to last year’s hip injury. In fact, Rodriguez still refers to it as a groin injury. “It’s all pretty connected,” he said.
Rodriguez was no on the bench for tonight’s game. He was in the training room getting treatment all night, and Joe Girardi said it’s likely Rodriguez will have tomorrow night off as well. It sounds like there’s a chance he will simply take the whole weekend, plus Monday’s off day, and try to be back in the lineup on Tuesday.
For now, Rodriguez seems relieved. He acknowledged that any time he has pain on his right side — “If it’s my right knee or my right ankle,” he said — he can’t help but wonder if the hip is involved. Right now, he’s convinced this isn’t a lingering issue, only a separate injury that he doesn’t believe to be especially serious.
“I hate those tubes,” Rodriguez said. “And going in there for 35 or 40 minutes is the longest and loudest 40 minutes you can ever imagine. Obviously with the thoughts of last year and maybe a second surgery, it’s always a thought, but I was obviously very relieved when I got the news.”