Surgery reportedly rescheduled for Monday

NEW YORK -- Aaron Boone's exploratory left knee surgery was postponed Tuesday apparently because the Yankees third baseman had developed a rash.

Initial reports claimed the surgery was put off because of scheduling problems, but Boone told the New York Post that Dr. Lewis Yocum took him off the table after spotting discoloration on Boone's left knee.

"It's a rash, but we have no idea what it was from," Boone told the Post. "It may have been from the wrap I have been wearing on it. It's better to be safe than sorry."

Boone expects to undergo the surgery Monday in Los Angeles, the Post reported. He was hurt Jan. 16 during a pickup basketball game and might have torn the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee, but the Post reported that Yocum is expected to "perform a full reconstructive procedure to repair a torn ACL."

If the ACL indeed is torn, the injury in all likelihood would miss most or all of the season. The Yankees are waiting to hear from the doctor before proceeding. Third baseman Mike Lamb was acquired from the Texas Rangers recently, and New York also has Tyler Houston, Enrique Wilson, Miguel Cairo and Erick Almonte at hand when spring training opens.

A report Wednesday indicated the Yankees have had discussions with the Los Angeles Dodgers about acquiring Adrian Beltre.

Boone agreed Dec. 1 to a $5.75 million, one-year contract, and the contract contained language saying it would become nonguaranteed if he played basketball.

The Yankees acquired Boone, who will turn 31 in March, from Cincinnati on July 31, and his 11th-inning homer off Boston's Tim Wakefield in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series won the pennant for the Yankees.

Boone is eligible for free agency after next season, and if the
Yankees successfully converted the deal to a nonguaranteed
contract, they could release him and be responsible for only 30
days' termination pay, about $942,000.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.