Alex Rodriguez's hip exam canceled

Updated: May 21, 2011, 2:05 AM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- 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 news 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 all right 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-homer 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 who 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.

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.

Meanwhile, outfielder Chris Dickerson underwent 15 minutes of memory and recognition tests Friday, he told reporters.

A CT scan Thursday revealed that Dickerson suffered a concussion when he was beaned in the head by Baltimore Orioles left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez on Wednesday night. However, Dickerson said he was going to take swings before Friday night's game against the New York Mets to see if he could play.

Dickerson said he was a little dizzy Friday morning, but was able to finally get some sleep and said he felt "fine" and that his "energy had returned."

"Unless I get lost on the way home or forget what city I'm from, I should be fine," Dickerson said.

Girardi said he had not talked to trainer Gene Monahan and Dr. Ahmad, so he didn't know if a trip to the new seven-day concussion disabled list would be necessary for Dickerson.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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