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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Breaking: Alex Rodriguez needs surgery, will miss 10 weeks.

As first reported by ESPNDeportes and Enrique Rojas, Alex Rodriguez needs surgery to remove a cyst on his hip and will miss 10 weeks while recovering. The news was reported to ESPNDeportes and Rojas by Rodriguez's brother, Joe.

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Obviously, this deals a major offensive blow to the Yankees for the first month of the season. The Yankees can't find anyone who will deliver close to Rodriguez's firepower with the bat, they just can't.

What they can do, however, is find someone who will contribute solid defense and hit in the bottom third of the lineup. His name is Mark Grudzielanek, and he's a free agent. Sure, he's primarily a second baseman, but he's versatile. In his career he's played 1,108 games at 2B, 626 at SS and just 31 at third.

In 85 games with Kansas City Grudzielanek made just 4 errors and hit .299/.345/.744. He's no A-Rod , but he's a better option than Cody Ransom, Angel Berroa or Eric Duncan.


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