A-Rod treatment on his knee & Okajima signed to a minor league contract
by Matt S.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Alex Rodriguez recently traveled to Germany for an experimental treatment on his troublesome right knee. Rodriguez went to Germany after getting a recommendation from Lakers’ star Kobe Byrant, who had the same treatment on his knee and ankle. The procedure, which is called Orthokine, involves taking blood from the patient’s arm and spinning it in a centrifuge. That solution is then injected into the affected area once or twice a week. The Yankees and the commissioner’s office both approved of the experimental treatment. Rodriguez, 36, is expected to be ready for spring training, but his health is obviously a big question mark moving forward.
Yankees signed LHP Hideki Okajima to a minor league contract. The deal also includes an invite to spring training. Okajima, 36, only made seven appearances with the Red Sox this past season before spending the rest of the year in the minors, but he could still have some value as a left-handed specialist. The veteran southpaw owns a 3.11 ERA over 261 career relief appearances.