‘I’m all right, Doc’
I was kidding earlier in the week when I suggested that Alex Rodriguez would cancel a visit to his hip surgeon after he hit two home runs in a game at Tropicana Field and followed that with four hits in the 15-inning game at Camden Yards.
Well, it turns out that A-Rod did cancel his doctor’s appointment. After all, nothing the doctor could say would make Rodriguez feel better than breaking out of a cold spell at the plate. He kept it up Friday night with a double to right-center off the Mets’ R.A. Dickey leading off the second inning.
The Yankees eventually loaded the bases with two outs as Jorge Posada walked and Nick Swisher was hit by a pitch, but they came away empty as Brett Gardner grounded into a forceout at third base.
Speaking of doctors, outfielder Curtis Dickerson reacted well to memory tests two days after he was beaned in Baltimore and is day-to-day. Phil Hughes was to be examined by team physician Chris Ahmad and could throw off a mound sometime this week.