A report on the New York Times web site said that Alex Rodriguez has a cyst on his hip, is scheduled to be examined by a specialist and could miss the WBC as a result.
More on this story as it develops.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: A cyst is essentially a sore spot on the bone. It’s usually a minor thing. But the Yankees could try and keep Rodriguez out of the tournament. Rodriguez will reportedly be seen by a specialist in Colorado tomorrow.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Statement from the Yankees:
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will fly to Vail, Colo., on Wednesday, and will be examined and evaluated by Dr. Marc Phillipon, a hip specialist at Steadman-Hawkins Clinic.
After experiencing right hip tightness and stiffness this spring, Rodriguez was examined by Dr. Chris Ahmad, the New York Yankees team physician on Saturday in Tampa, Fla. An MRI examination—also administered on Saturday—revealed the formation of a cyst in the right hip. Dr. Ahmad determined that a follow-up examination with a hip specialist should be scheduled.
The Yankees contacted Dr. Phillipon on Saturday to schedule an appointment, and Wednesday (tomorrow) was the first day he could be seen in his office.
After consultations between the Yankees’ medical staff and Dr. Phillipon, and because there has been no functional pain, Rodriguez was cleared to continue baseball activities until Dr. Phillipon could examine him.
“We felt it was in everyone’s best interest—for the team and the player—to send Alex to Dr. Phillipon, who is regarded as the leading expert in his field,” said Brian Cashman, New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. “Alex has proven his durability throughout his career, and we will take every precaution and step necessary to ensure his health as we near the start of the 2009 regular season and beyond.”
Any future determinations or comments regarding Rodriguez will take place only after his appointment with Dr. Phillipon, and the exchange of information between the doctor, the team and Rodriguez is complete.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: First off, congratulations to Dr. Marc Phillipon. You must be a pretty big deal to be able to tell the Yankees on Saturday that their best player can’t get an appointment until Wednesday.
· If this were serious, the Yankees would not have allowed Rodriguez to play in spring training games. Teams shut players down in spring training for paper cuts.
· However, the Yankees are no fans of the WBC and would gladly take the opportunity to pull Rodriguez out if they can. MLB and the Dominicans might fight that. MLB wants superstars in their tournament. Rodriguez himself seems to have a genuine interest in playing.
It appears we will find out more tomorrow. The moral of the story: A-Rod is always the story.