Here is Brian Cashman talking about Alex Rodriguez’s bad hip. It’s about 20 minutes:
In essence, there were two choices: surgery or rest, rehab and then surgery. The Yankees will try to get him through the season with rest and rehab.
A-Rod has been able to play with this injury and play pretty well so far. If nothing changes, he could well be fine. But Boston 3B Mike Lowell had a similar injury last season that was detected in June. He tried to keep playing and by October he could barely walk and could not be included on the playoff roster.
This is a terrible spot for Joe Girardi. While you can rest A-Rod in spring training, what do you do come the season? Every time he slides or dives for a ball, it’s a risk.
The cyst that was drained today was apparently caused by the labrum tear. Draining the cyst could help ease A-Rod’s discomfort. But the cyst also could refill with fluid over time.
It’s a bad situation for the Yankees as their season is held hostage by this. You can’t make a trade until you actually need a 3B. Then when you do, teams will try and hold you up.
A 33-year-old player with a bad hip. Good thing he’s not signed for nine more years.