posted on Feb, 26 2004 @ 07:33 PM
Third baseman Aaron Boone was released Thursday by the New York Yankees, nearly six weeks after hurting his knee in a pickup basketball game. The
injury, which could cause him to miss the entire season, set the stage for the Yankees to acquire Alex Rodriguez from Texas last week. Boone, an NL
All-Star last season, becomes a free agent.
"It's a tough situation we're all in," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "You have to move on. We'd like to continue discussing the
possibility of keeping him within the Yankees' fold in some form or fashion that would manifest itself with him maybe being a player for us next
Boone was hurt Jan. 16 and had surgery last week to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Adam Katz, Boone's agent, said recovery
will take 5 to 9 months.
"Aaron is a quick healer, and he's a guy with a tireless work ethic," Katz said. "I'm sure he'll be on the short end of the recovery
"I'm just sorry that Boonie played basketball, a guy as good as he would go out there and take a chance playing basketball," Yankees owner George
[Edited on 2/26/2004 by Ben]