Maybe some other time, Doc
Alex Rodriguez just might cancel that doctor’s appointment. A-Rod told reporters that he would have his surgical right hip examined when the Yankees return to New York this weekend and that it was nothing more than an annual checkup.
The timing was interesting. Rodriguez had struggled at the plate the past month since coming out of a game April 16 because of an oblique strain. Lately, he said he felt that the top of his body and his legs were not in synch, and maybe his hip was a reason.
Statistics seemed to support his suspicions. At the time of the oblique injury, A-Rod was batting .385 with five doubles, four home runs and nine RBI in 39 at-bats. After that and prior to his big game Tuesday night in a victory over the Rays, Rodriguez batted .180 with three doubles, two homers and 13 RBI in 89 at-bats with six of those RBI coming in one game.
Rodriguez seems to have found his stroke the past two nights. A-Rod hit two home runs Tuesday night at Tropicana Field and singled in each of his first three at-bats Wednesday night at Camden Yards. Not only that, he moved around the bases like his frisky old self in helping the Yankees get on the board in the fourth inning.
Alex led off with a hit to deep short and took second on Robinson Cano’s slow groundout to second. Rodriguez was nearly picked off by Orioles starter Zach Britton and might have been except that Robert Andino, playing second base for injured Brian Roberts, dropped the throw.
As the ball trickled into the outfield, Rodriguez took off for third base and made it there safely. That made it possible for him to score on Nick Swisher’s flyout to right field ahead of a strong throw from Nick Markakis.
Rodriguez bit off a bit more than he could chew in the sixth when he tried to stretch a single to right-center into a double by challenging the arm of center fielder Adam Jones, who led the AL in outfield assists last year and ranks third this season. This wasn’t even close, but it was encouraging to see A-Rod feeling his oats again.