Truth be told, the Yankees haven’t had their real cleanup hitter in about three weeks. Sure, Alex Rodriguez has been in the lineup, but he was collecting singles, and that’s not what Rodriguez does. That’s why the Yankees decided today’s surgery was necessary. The team sent an email this afternoon saying the procedure went as planned and Rodriguez’s initial rehabilitation will take place in Miami with Dr. Lee Kaplan, who performed the surgery.
“It seems like he was battling that knee for a little while, so I don’t really look at it as losing him,” Russell Martin said. “I feel like we’re just going to gain him back healthy later on in the season when it really counts.”
The initial indication was the Rodriguez could have postponed the surgery until the offseason. He could have taken a chance on the knee staying healthy enough to play, and he could have tried to contribute with base hits instead of home runs. Is a shortened season with a full-strength A-Rod better than a full season with a lesser version? The Yankees have to trust that the answer is, yes. The tradeoff will be this next month or so without him.
“There are very few people that can put up the numbers that Alex does and play third base,” Joe Girardi said. “It’s difficult to replace. You just have to collectively find a way to get it done without him.”
It’s a tough pill to swallow, but the Yankees are trusting that they’ll be better because of it in the end.
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