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New York Yankees: Alex Rodriguez to Undergo Knee Surgery, Out Until August

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees looks on after grounding out to end the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies on June 24, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Doug RushSenior Analyst IJuly 10, 2011

The Yankees just got back Derek Jeter into the offense.

Now, they're about to lose Alex Rodriguez for the next month.

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, A-Rod will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a slight tear in the meniscus.

Rodriguez met with a doctor in Miami on Sunday, and she made the recommendation that he go under the knife to repair the injury.

A-Rod is having a good season, hitting .295 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI in 2011. But he's also gone 85 at-bats without a home run, the most in his major league career.

A-Rod hurt the knee back on June 19 when the Yankees were playing the Cubs at Wrigley Field. A-Rod went to score on a passed ball but thought against it and when he went to turn back to third, hurt the knee in the process.

The recovery time for Rodriguez is approximately four to six weeks, but that is if everything goes well for A-Rod.

CC Sabathia played through the same type of injury last season, but he advised A-Rod that surgery may be the best thing for him.

The surgery is set to be performed in Miami on Monday, the first day of the Major League Baseball All-Star break.

A-Rod was in fact selected to the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix but because of the injury, declined to play.

It is likely that Eduardo Nunez will take over as the short-term solution at third base for the Yankees.

There was a rumor circulating last week that the Yankees could be interested in Cubs third basemen Aramis Ramirez, but if A-Rod is going to be back in August, there is really no need for the Yankees to make a trade for that short-term of a period.

Plus, Nunez has been a solid player for the Yankees in 2011, hitting .278 with three home runs and 14 RBI in the short time he has gotten playing time.

Honestly, A-Rod getting the surgery now is the best option for him and the team.

He can miss the four to six weeks, recover and be strong for the Yankees when they make a run for the division and the playoffs in October.

He could have played through the injury, but if it persisted and kept nagging at him, there's the likelihood that it would have carried over into September and October and even worse, forced A-Rod to miss playoff games.

If the Yankees are going to do anything in 2011, they need A-Rod's bat in the lineup, and they need him healthy.

Yankee fans can only hope for a speedy recover from A-Rod, Nunez to play well as the temporary fill in and then have Rodriguez come back strong and swinging for the fences again.

If Sabathia had it, recovered from it and is playing extremely well right now, then that should be a good sign that A-Rod can do the same thing.

Get well soon, Alex. The Yankees need you come October.

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