A-Rod also had hip stiffness in '08

Updated: March 4, 2009, 5:58 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team is being cautious with Alex Rodriguez's ailing right hip because he had some problems with it last year.

"Alex expressed a little stiffness. There was really no pain," Girardi said on Wednesday, a day after the 33-year-old slugger played for the Dominican Republic in a tuneup for the World Baseball Classic. "We just thought it was best because he had some minor issues last year with it. We'll have a better idea after today with what the ...

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