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.
MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.
Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”
Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.
Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.