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Alex Rodriguez gets plasma-rich platelets

Associated Press

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The New York Yankees say star third baseman Alex Rodriguez is totally healthy after having special treatment on his right knee and left shoulder in Germany this month.

Rodriguez, 36, had plasma-rich platelet injections after a recommendation from Lakers standout Kobe Bryant. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that the team gave its permission after vetting the process.

Cashman says the therapy is in "complete compliance" with World Anti-Doping Agency and Major League Baseball regulations. He also said the treatment is performed in the United States.

Rodriguez had surgery on his right knee in July and saw his power drop in the second half and postseason. He played in 99 games and hit 16 home runs.