Via John Harper -
The two home runs Tuesday night would have been plenty for Alex Rodriguez if they merely snapped his horrendous slump. But perhaps more significantly, they seemed to ease any concern he may have had that his surgically repaired right hip was becoming an issue for him again.
“I finally felt like I had my legs under me again,” was the way he put it. “I feel a lot better about the whole thing.”
That surely goes tenfold for the Yankees. Considering their various problems these days, they probably can’t win anything without a lot of nights like this from Rodriguez, whose two solo shots off James Shields sparked the 6-2 win over the Rays.
For A-Rod, the timing was perfect. Earlier in the day, a Yankee source had said the Yankee third baseman was “very concerned” that his hip was the reason he had looked lost at the plate for some three weeks, preventing him from using his legs as he normally would to start his swing.
Rodriguez didn’t admit to that level of concern when asked about it before the game, saying “I don’t want to speculate on that.” But he did say that his “lower half” was not reacting as it should, and admitted there were similarities to the way the hip was reacting in 2009 when a tear was discovered in the labrum of his right hip.
“The hip is funny,” A-Rod said before the game. “It’s not really something that is tangible. It’s almost more of a delayed reaction when I swing the bat.”
He likened it somewhat to the feeling he had two years ago, saying, “You would fire (the lower body), and then the hip would fire. It was almost like it wasn’t in sync.
“Again, I don’t want to speculate, but if it continues, I want to make sure everything is OK.”
After the game, A-Rod said he would still get his hip examined when he returns to New York on Friday, but said it was more standard procedure than anything.
“It’s something I’ve got to stay on top of,” he said. “But that delayed reaction I talked about wasn’t there tonight, and I felt like I had my leg kick under control.”
Oh, what the heck? How about a song?