TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had additional tests on his injured right hip in Colorado on Friday, according to team co-chairman Hal Steinbrenner.
Rodriguez will attempt to play with a torn labrum and avoid surgery and a four-month rehabilitation period. A cyst in the hip was drained Wednesday.
"Everybody is concerned, of course," Steinbrenner said after meeting with general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi for about 15 minutes before Friday's game with Detroit. "No decisions being made. Just being cautious. We're going to take it slow."
The injury diagnosis by Dr. Marc Philippon, in Vail, Colo., was yet another jolt to Rodriguez during a tumultuous one-month span in which the three-time AL MVP admitted using banned drugs from 2001-03 while with Texas.
Cashman planned to talk with Philippon later Friday and said he could have additional information regarding test results. He wasn't sure when Rodriguez will rejoin the Yankees. A-Rod will skip playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
"We just want to get our hands wrapped around what is going on," Cashman said.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.
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