Long: A-Rod was hurting in August

Last week Alex Rodriguez's doctor said in no uncertain terms that the hip injury he's about to have surgery to repair was responsible for his horrific postseason performance, and now his hitting coach is saying that signs something was wrong were present well before that:

“I knew it in August,” the Yankees hitting coach [Kevin Long] said by phone Saturday. “I didn’t know exactly what it was, but his lower half was not letting him do the things he’s normally able to do.”

Long also knew there were no easy fixes.

“At that point of the season, there’s not much you can do other than keep grinding,” Long said. “So I wasn’t surprised when I heard about the hip injury. His explosion was gone.”

This sort of raises the question of why A-Rod wasn't checked out for an injury sooner, however. Perhaps Alex didn't complain of any pain, but if the hitting coach was noticing a physical problem in a 37 year old slugger who's already had a hip surgery, you'd think that would be a "better safe than sorry" sort of scenario, right? Maybe Long is exaggerating a bit in order to defend A-Rod?