Alex Rodriguez to have hip examined

Updated: May 19, 2011, 5:00 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

Even after hitting two homers Tuesday, Alex Rodriguez will still have his hip checked out soon, according to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

"I think you just want to make sure he's OK," Girardi said. "Al talked about wanting to be proactive and making sure everything is OK. He said he doesn't necessarily feel anything so from our standpoint, you're not worried about it. He's had checkups before. We thought he's moved a lot better this year. We just want to get it checked."

New York's cleanup hitter said before the game that batting coach Kevin Long suggested he have the hip checked.

"It's something that came from Kevin. He has been working on me a long time," Rodriguez said. "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."

Before he broke out on Tuesday, Rodriguez had been in a serious slump. In the previous 21 games prior to Tuesday, Rodriguez hit .171 with one homer and six RBIs. The problem has been that Rodriguez hasn't been using his lower half of his body in his swing.

"I think that's the concern," Girardi said. "He doesn't have any pain, just a checkup."

Girardi said the hope is to have A-Rod checked out on this homestand that begins Friday against the Mets, but the Yankees are not necessarily in a rush to do it.

"If not, we'll do it another time," said Girardi.

Rodriguez's hip issues go back to 2009, when he was forced to have surgery. He missed the first five weeks of the season. This winter, Rodriguez was given full clearance by Dr. Marc Philippon, the surgeon who performed the hip surgery, and A-Rod came into camp 10 pounds lighter.

In spring training and early in the season, he had the same explosiveness that he had prior to the surgery. However, before Tuesday, that ferocious swing seemed to have disappeared.

Andrew Marchand covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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