06/22/09 7:58 AM ET
A-Rod to rest one day a week through break
Yanks third baseman experiencing fatigue from hip surgery
By Bobbie Dittmeier / MLB.com
The Yankees will follow a plan created by Dr. Marc Philippon, the surgeon who operated on A-Rod's hip in March.
"That sounds like a good plan," Rodriguez said on Sunday. "From what I understand, that comes from Vail (Colo.) and Dr. Philippon. We'll follow his instructions and regroup in a month. The idea is that I'll get stronger each month."
Rodriguez started 38 consecutive games after returning to action on May 8. He is batting .153 (9-for-59) with two homers and 11 RBIs in June. He singled in the third inning of Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Marlins to end a 0-for-16 slide. Overall, he is batting .213 with nine homers and 28 RBIs in 40 games.
Manager Joe Girardi said he plans to schedule A-Rod's off days. He'll get two days off in weeks when the Yankees have an off day. They are off on Monday and are scheduled to open a three-game series at Atlanta on Tuesday.
"We're going to have to give him some time, pick a couple days between now and the All-Star break, then see where we are after the All-Star break," Girardi said. "I think the rest will help him. He's been through a lot -- the physical rehab, playing in games."
Bobbie Dittmeier is an editor/producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.