New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez recently underwent an experimental treatment on his right knee in Germany, according to MLB.com.
Rodriguez reportedly decided to undergo the experimental treatment, called Orthokine, at the suggestion of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. Bryant, 33, underwent the treatment during the extended NBA offseason and has claimed he feels healthier than he has in several years.
The treatment, which was cleared with the commissioner’s office, involves taking blood from the patient, spinning it in a centrifuge in order to isolate specific protective proteins, and then injecting the solution into the area of the body that needs mending. Rodriguez, 36, had the worst year of his career last season. In just 99 games, the three-time Most Valuable Player hit .276/.362/.461 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI. Throughout his 18-year-career Rodriguez has posted a 162 game average of .302/.386/.567 with 42 home runs and 128 RBI.