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Friday, May 20, 2011
A-Rod's hip examination canceled

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will not have his hip checked out by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Friday, manager Joe Girardi said during his pregame press conference.

“It was canceled,” Girardi said. “We’ve had a number of late nights in the last four or five days, and he’s feeling fine, so I don’t know if there’s a day that we have him scheduled, but as Alex talked about, he routinely has checkups. When the next one is, I can’t tell you, because I don’t know.”

Rodriguez was supposed to have a precautionary examination with Dr. Ahmad to make sure everything was alright with his hip, which was surgically repaired in 2009. Rodriguez has said his hip has been pain-free since the procedure.

Prior to a two-home run game on Tuesday, Rodriguez had been hitting .171 in his previous 21 games with one homer and six RBIs.

It was hitting coach Kevin Long that originally brought up the idea that Rodriguez should get his hip checked out.

"It's something that came from Kevin. He has been working on me a long time," Rodriguez said Thursday. "We just wanted to make sure we dotted our I's and crossed our T's and make sure we're diligent about it. ... There's no pain. Zero pain."

The 35-year-old is batting .261 with eight home runs and 24 RBIs in 38 games.