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A-Rod has meniscus tear

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13)

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) reacts after striking out looking in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (June 7, 2011) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced this morning that All-Star third baseman Alex Rodriguez has a slight meniscus tear in his right knee. In the next couple of days, Rodriguez must make a decision on whether to have arthroscopic surgery or try to play through the injury this season.

It is not a season-ending injury, according to Girardi. "He was able to play through it and be productive," Girardi said. At the same time, Rodriguez has hit only 14 home runs this season. "I don't think he has the drive from his backside that he needs to be power hitter he has been," Girardi said.

The Yankees manager said Rodriguez must discuss the injury with team medical personnel and make a decision. If he opts for surgery, Girardi said, it's normal to miss about a month. But no timetable will be available until a decision is reached on surgery.

"I can't get inside Alex's body," Girardi said. "Only he knows how he's feeling." Girardi said it's uncertain whether playing with the injury would cause further damage, which is the question that will be evaluated with the medical team.

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