Doctors believe the veteran will miss between four and six months
December 4, 2012 – Alex Rodriguez, the veteran third baseman for the New York Yankees will undergo an extensive hip surgery on his left hip next month. However, doctors are confident Rodriguez will return to the team and play this coming season. Brian Cashman, the general manager of the Yankees said that Rodriguez’s season has not ended before it began.
Doctors believe the veteran will miss between four and six months. He will be 38 next July and trying to play on two hips that have been surgically repaired will lead to questions about Rodriguez possibly missing the whole season.
Cashman said he believes Rodriguez will play in 2013, he just is not sure when. He said the doctors told the team that Rodriguez would be fit to play in six months.
Rodriguez will have arthroscopic surgery that will repair bone impingement, a torn labrum and will correct a cyst. He faces six weeks of tough physical therapy prior to surgery in January. His earliest return to the team would be in May and the latest would be July.
New York believes that Rodriguez’s problem affected his play during the postseason as he hit just .120 (3 for 25) and struck out 12 times. Rodriguez told Yankees management in Game three of their series against Detroit that his hip did not feel right.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly of New York. Rodriguez had his right hip operated on by Dr. Marc Philippon in March of 2009 and Rodriquez was able to return in May to help the team win a World Series that season.
Cashman said the change of doctors was so that Rodriguez could remain in New York to rehab and have follow up exams making it easier on him and the team.
Cashman called Rodriguez’s injury another challenge for the team and said he and Joe Girardi, the team’s manager, would decide on what needs to be done on the field.