NEW YORK — Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez has a slight tear in the cartilage of his right knee and could be out for a month.
The 14-time All-Star could try to play through it or have surgery and miss time. Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who announced the injury Saturday, said a decision is expected today.
Rodriguez, who turns 36 on July 27, tweaked the knee June 19. He is hitting .359 since but with no homers. He has gone 85 at-bats without a homer (dating to June 11), the longest single-season drought of his career.
Girardi said it isn't known if Rodriguez, who was unavailable for comment, would make the injury worse if he keeps playing.
"You're not going to have him at 100 percent," Girardi said. "I don't want to influence his decision."
Beckham sorry: White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham apologized for jokingly writing a message in the dirt that said friend and ex-teammate Chris Getz is gay. The message, reported Saturday by the Chicago Sun-Times, was left near second base during Monday's game against Kansas City. It read, "GETZ IS GAY! GB." Getz, also a second baseman, was traded from the White Sox to the Royals in 2009. "Obviously, I apologize," Beckham said. "Obviously, it was meant as a joke. But obviously, it was in the wrong place, and I didn't mean it that way. I will just try to move on." Getz said he wasn't offended: "I can't think of myself as a true victim here."
Ortiz sorry: Red Sox DH David Ortiz apologized for his role in Friday's brawl with the Orioles. Benches cleared but no punches were thrown after Baltimore RHP Kevin Gregg threw two inside pitches. Ortiz popped out on the next pitch and charged Gregg after the two exchanged words.
All-Star Game: Brewers LF Ryan Braun is out because of a strained left calf that has cost him seven games. Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen will replace him.
Braves: 3B Chipper Jones went on the DL the day he had surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee. Jones, expected to miss 2-3 weeks, learned about the tear May 15, but a cortisone shot allowed him to continue playing. Reds 3B Scott Rolen will replace him in the All-Star Game.
Pirates: 3B Pedro Alvarez was activated from the DL, then sent to Triple A. Alvarez, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft who is in his first full major-league season, was hitting .208 with two homers and 10 RBIs when he strained his right quad on May 19.
White Sox: C Ramon Castro broke his right hand while catching a pitch and is out indefinitely.