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Thursday, March 05, 2009
When discussing A-Rod's hip cyst yesterday evening, I made a bold assertion that the dear man was surely not injured too seriously and that the Yanks were likely just looking for an excuse to keep him from playing in the WBC:
There's clearly nothing for us to worry about - he'll be fine - but the Yanks could probably make a case for asking him to sit out.
Unfortunately, unless the Big Stein hates the WBC so much that he'd prefer to have A-Rod undergo painful medical procedures and extensive rehabilitation than participate in the tourney, A-Rod is not fine. It turns out that in addition to that cyst on his hip, he's also got a tear in his labrum (which, in case you're not a hip doctor, is the fibrous ring of cartilage attached to the rim of the joint). The cyst was drained (delicious!), but there's only one way a torn labrum can be repared: surgery. The worst part? The recovery takes about 4 months.

While the only way to fix the tear is to go under the knife, it's apparently not a completely debilitating injury and he may try to hold off on surgery. The Cash Man is hoping that A-Rod can wait until after this season, but admits that if he isn't able to perform at full capacity then they might have to reconsider that timeline. In the meantime, A-Rod is definitely NOT going to play with the Dominican in the WBC. He'll spend the rest of the spring working out (carefully) and preparing for the season as planned, keeping a close eye on that hip and hoping for the best.

Since he's been playing and producing just fine thus far this spring, it's certainly possible that A-Rod could wait a while to get the surgery... but six months of playing actual games against the lies of the Red Sox, Angels, Rays, et al is a far cry from shagging a few balls at Spring Training, and I have a bad feeling we'll be seeing Cody Ransom at third sooner rather than later.

By the way, just to recap: thus far the highlights of A-Rod's year have included getting dumped by Madonna for a model, Joe Torre announcing to the world that he's a wimpy loser obsessed with the Jeet, a steroid scandal, and a serious injury.

And it's only March.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Thursday, March 05, 2009  
7 Comments:
  • At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Mets Blog said…

    Poor A-Rod :( Let's hope he comes back and plays well, or his already horrible year is going to get even worse.

     
  • At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Ian said…

    Remember this is something that Mike Lowell tried to play through last year and it cost him a spot on the playoff roster.

    ARod would be better served having the surgery now and be ready for the last part of the season.

     
  • At 8:37 PM, Blogger Coyote Rose said…

    You know I'm thinking 2009 might not be a year A-rod wants to remember...ever.

     
  • At 6:33 AM, Blogger YankeeFiend23 said…

    I'm with Ian on this one. Get the surgery now so he can be there down the stretch. Not overly worried about him not being there during the playoffs, he hasn't been since game 3 of the 2004 ALCS.

     
  • At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    He's got the same problem on his hip that Jorje had with his shoulder.
    Didn't the learn anything from that? (Not to mention Lowell)
    Jeeze. Get him fixed and back, rested and eager in August or September.
    Wou'dn't you love to see alex have his usual April and May in September and October?
    championships are won with pitching and defense. Get someone adequate for third (or that can cover third and short, to rest Jeter) (Bu-bye Melky and IPK?) and stay close until Alex comes back with fire in his eye.

    Joe

     
  • At 4:18 PM, Blogger otin said…

    Get the surgery! The Yankees will fill the hole at third somehow and remain in contention, struggle in the beginning is better than a struggle in the end.

     
  • At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Ian said…

    I may be a Red Sox fan and don't want to see ARod at all this season but like I said they need to be realistic.

    All it took was one odd swing for Mike Lowell and he aggravated that thing to the point where it cost him the rest of the playoffs.

    The question is should the Yankees risk that.

     
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