Welp, the New York Post was right.
According to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will undergo surgery on his right knee Monday and will need 4-6 weeks of recovery time.
The Yankees’ medical staff diagnosed A-Rod with a torn meniscus on Saturday and recommended that he undergo a knee procedure. After getting a second opinion Sunday morning in Miami, Rodriguez agreed.
New York has a five-game lead in the American League Wild Card standings and will hope that doesn’t fluctuate in A-Rod’s absence. It could, but not without another team making a big charge. The Rays are 5 games back and the Angels are 5.5 games back — and both teams have major holes.
The Yanks, as of Sunday, are neck-and-neck in their own division with the Red Sox. They should survive.
Rodriguez, 35, has hit .295/.366/.485 this season with 13 homers and 52 RBI in 344 plate appearances. With Eric Chavez (abdomen, back, foot) still ailing, Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena will be handling third base.
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.
Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.
As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.
Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”
The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.