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Hip expert: A-Rod will need surgery

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 05, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I just spoke to an expert, Dr. Robert Buly of the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. He is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hips.

Only last week, Dr. Buly presented back-to-back papers on treating this very injury with Dr. Marc Philippon, the surgeon treating Alex Rodriguez.

According to Dr. Buly, A-Rod likely has an impingement in his hip socket, a common injury for athletes. It comes from the femoral bone hitting the rim of the socket. The labrum, he said, is like a rubber gasket around the socket. A torn labrum is a symptom of the impingement.

A cyst such as the one A-Rod is typical in these cases. “That’s an indication something has gone bad with the hip,” Dr. Buly said.

Dr. Buly said it is “not unreasonable” to try rest and rehab. “But at some point you have to bite the bullet and have the surgery. It’s going to get progressively worse and for the patient, it’s pretty miserable,” he said.

A-Rod’s ability to play depends on the size of the tear and how quickly it gets larger. At some point, surgery will be needed. If it is only soft tissue, the recovery time is six to eight weeks. If bone must be repaired, it would take three to four months.

Brian Cashman indicated today that surgery would knock A-Rod out for four months, so it is likely he has some sort of bone deformity. This comes from wear and tear or some sort of anatomical abnormality.

Dr. Buly, who is a Yankees fan, said A-Rod would soon have trouble pivoting or flexing. Running, at least at first, will not be a problem.

Only time will tell how the Yankees handle this. But keep this in mind: Cashman said all last season that Jorge Posada’s torn labrum could be treated with rest and rehab. Then on July 30, as Posada underwent surgery, they made a surprise trade for Pudge Rodriguez.

I would expect the same in this case. What is the point of babying A-Rod through the season only to see him break down in September and October? Make a trade now, get the surgery and perhaps he returns by the All-Star break.

Scott Rolen ($22 million over two years) and Bill Hall ($24.45 over three years) have a lot of money left on their deals. That would be a lot to spend on a half-season patch. But maybe there is a 3B out there to be had. Or perhaps Milwaukee would give some money back to be free of Hall’s deal. In this economy, trade parameters are changing.

You want some other names? Off the top of my head how about Melvin Mora, Chone Figgins, Mark Teahen, Garrett Atkins, Chad Tracy. Maybe Hank Blalock. Detroit could part with Brandon Inge.

Mark Grudzielanek is a free agent. That would be the cheap out.

Point is, there are a lot of options out there.

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256 Responses to “Hip expert: A-Rod will need surgery”

  1. Patrick March 5th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Unfortunately, this might be the best option.

  2. ari March 5th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    He needs some HGH to help recover faster!

  3. Rick March 5th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Before everyone gets so hot on Rolen…this is a guy who has two years left on his contract…..and will only get a little over 400 ab’s…..maybe 15-20 hr’s……let’s not run off like rolen is the answer

  4. Pel March 5th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I was on cloud 9 after Cash blew up the hot stove.

    Everything since…bummer.

  5. matt March 5th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    brandon inge

  6. BBB March 5th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    NO WAY on Bill Hall, he’s a cancer. Rolen, yes. Any conflicts he had with LaRussa were LaRussa’s fault, and we all saw how Rolen handled those conflicts anyway…by raking in the playoffs. Sign me up please.

  7. Crosetti March 5th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Great and timely reporting, Pete. Congratulations for being a true professional and a credible Yankee monitor.

  8. Jake March 5th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    How about Jorge Cantu? Or Dallas McPherson? McPherson had a monster year in AAA for the Marlins last year, but was blocked by Cantu, who had a very good year at the MLB level.

    Chone Figgins would’ve been nice, but he’s going to cost some money. Even Brandon Wood would’ve been decent from the Angels, but I doubt they do anything to help us out.

  9. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I’d do Rolen before I do Hall. Rolen won’t match Alex’s offensive numbers – in fact, he won’t be anywhere close, but he’ll pick it at 3rd, which will be a plus.

  10. Sully Sox March 5th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Who’s gonna bat 4th?

  11. Yankee Trader March 5th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Pete-
    Did you ask the Orthopod about the long term degenerative effects on the hip, and whether this might lead to degenerative arthritis and need for a hip replacement in the future?

    And no to Bill Hall, who was worse than Swisher last year. No for Rolen. Let A-Rod tough it out, wait to see if any players are cut, and then make a pick up if you find someone better than Ransom.

  12. BBB March 5th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Brandon Inge would be great cause he can catch too, and his defense is top notch, but I bet he’ll cost more than a Rolen. You wouldn’t think Detroit would be in much of a position to turn down trading anybody, though.

  13. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 5th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    “Who’s gonna bat 4th?”

    Tex

  14. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    “Who’s gonna bat 4th?”

    If Girardi wants to be creative, I’d say move Cano to 3rd and bat Tex 4th followed by Matsui.

  15. Sean March 5th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    You can’t replace A-Rod, don’t waste your time naming one

  16. Rishi March 5th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    ps – new poll = much better on the laptop

  17. Brett March 5th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHA Milwaukee giving money back, oh Pete your so funny.

    And can we stop talking about moving Cano, he can barely play second

  18. YanksinCA March 5th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I agree 100%. Get the surgery and hope he comes back by July/August. Protect the team from the possibility that he doesn’t make it back by acquiring a replacement via trade. It doesn’t need to be Chipper Jones; the Yankees should be more than able to compete with someone like Hall.

  19. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    “Brandon Inge would be great cause he can catch too, and his defense is top notch, but I bet he’ll cost more than a Rolen. You wouldn’t think Detroit would be in much of a position to turn down trading anybody, though.”

    I haven’t checked, but I think that DET still needs pitching. Maybe we could do a straight up trade for one of our relievers. I’d try to send them Veras.

  20. Joe from Long Island March 5th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    While I’m leaning towards Rolen, one consideration, I think, would be if the prospective player could or would be willing to play another position around the infield. After Alex comes back, maybe after the AllStar break, that person could then be helpful off the bench.

    I don’t know if anysuch person exists or would be available, but I think you have to check it out. Just my opinion.

  21. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    “You can’t replace A-Rod, don’t waste your time naming one”

    I’m not trying to replace A-Rod. You are right; it can’t be done. However, there are guys out there that will be “serviceable”, which at this point is all that we can hope for.

  22. BBB March 5th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Inge is the best idea I’ve heard yet by far. I can’t believe I didnt think of it myself. C and 3b, the two positions we have uncertainty at, are the two he plays. The Yankees could find AB’s for him all year and he’ll provide excellent defense at 3b at least. It just makes too much sense…

  23. Sean March 5th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Pete,

    Can you doctor explain this?

    http://www.ohiohealth.com/body.....8;ref=3774

    “In many cases, a hip labral tear causes no signs or symptoms and doesn’t require treatment.”

    Also can he explain why Chase Utley was able to play through the same injury the whole season, plus the post season.

  24. SJ44 March 5th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Pete,

    Great post. Coincides with what a couple of doctors also told me today about his condition.

    From the other thread……

    Best case scenario…..

    Yankees get Scott Rolen.

    Arod has his surgery.

    Selena Roberts book comes out in April and its a non-issue for the team since Arod is rehabbing somewhere. Also won’t help Ms. Roberts book sales.

    Arod returns September 1 and helps the Yankees in the stretch run. He has his “storybook” ending.

    That’s the best case scenario.

    Is it a lot of money for Rolen? Not if you make the playoffs.

    If you get “cheap” here and miss the playoffs, that’s going to cost them more money.

    In essence, his salary this year is the difference in the payroll from last year to this season.

    Next season? Worry about next season this off-season. Right now, you have to try and salvage this season. To do so, they need the best third baseman money and/or prospects can get them.

    As they say, #$#% happens. They just have to suck it up and deal with it.

    They can’t risk running Arod out there everyday and hoping for the best.

    That’s not a strategy. That’s a recipe for disaster.

  25. Buddy Biancalana March 5th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    From prior thread:

    Rolen had a full no trade with STL. He then waived it to go to TOR, does that no trade clause go back into effect with TOR or is it gone from his contract completely?

  26. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    All of this is moot unless Alex agrees to have the surgery now. Here’s hoping that one of his 45 advisors gives this whole thing some thought and convinces him that it’s better to get the surgery over with sooner rather than later.

  27. Sully Sox March 5th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    has this happened to any other baseball player?

  28. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    “Rolen had a full no trade with STL. He then waived it to go to TOR, does that no trade clause go back into effect with TOR or is it gone from his contract completely?”

    If he’s a 5-10 guy, doesn’t the no trade follow him wherever he goes? If he has a no trade, I’m sure he’d waive it to be a Yankee. I know that I would if I were him. :)

  29. BBB March 5th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Laura – I’m pretty sure Detroit’s pen is the worst in the majors. Someone like Veras could go to camp there and be in the mix to win the closer’s job instantly. So, we would seem to be pretty ideal trading partners with them, but I bet Inge would HATE being used in the role that we would use him in. He complained a lot last year with the Tigers shuffling him back b/w C and 3b.

  30. Jeff March 5th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I don’t want Ransom as my first 3B in the new ballpark.

  31. BBB March 5th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    If Scott Rolen was willing to waive his NTC to go to TORONTO, why are we even wasting his time wondering if he’d waive it to come to the Yankees? Why wouldn’t he???

  32. BBB March 5th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    **wasting our time, rather…been a long day haha

  33. Sevendust March 5th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Chone Figgins, Gardner, and Damon on the basepaths would be awesome

  34. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 5th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    “has this happened to any other baseball player?”

    Mike Lowell?

  35. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    “So, we would seem to be pretty ideal trading partners with them, but I bet Inge would HATE being used in the role that we would use him in. He complained a lot last year with the Tigers shuffling him back b/w C and 3b.”

    I remember that. Maybe he’ll be so happy to be in pinstripes that he won’t care this time around. LOL!

  36. Dan March 5th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Damon
    Jeter
    Teixeria
    Rodriguez
    Matsui
    Posada
    Cano
    Swisher
    Rolen

    Sounds good to me

  37. Matthew Cohen March 5th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Nice post.

  38. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 5th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    As Laura pointed out, unless Arod has surgery there is really no place for a player in the wings…

  39. Rick March 5th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    rolen has 22 million dollars on his contract. the yankees don’t need another bad contract….get serious…..

  40. SJ44 March 5th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Mike Lowell, Albert Belle, Chase Utley and I believe Carlos Pena all have had similar injuries.

    Belle’s injury, because of its severity, was career ending.

  41. Betsy March 5th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03.....f=baseball

    The first baseman Mark Teixeira played 15 games at third as a rookie in 2003, but he laughed off the idea of ever playing there again.

    “We want to make the team better,” Teixeira told reporters. “You guys don’t want to see that. I don’t want to see that.”

    **I think we can forget about Tex to 3B

  42. Matthew Cohen March 5th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Pete – what about Tex at 3rd and Swish at first?

    Desperate times…

  43. miggs March 5th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    “All of this is moot unless Alex agrees to have the surgery now. Here’s hoping that one of his 45 advisors gives this whole thing some thought and convinces him that it’s better to get the surgery over with sooner rather than later.”

    Seems to me its the other way around.

    Why would Alex’s brother say he’s having surgery then later in the day the team says they want to try and treat it?

    I bet he wanted to get it fixed but the team decided to try and have him play through it.

  44. RGR March 5th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Grudz, and Inge would be my preference…Inge could play catcher, and the OF

  45. E-gawa March 5th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Brandon Inge? We’re better off just going inhouse. Brandon Inge hit .205 last season.. he’s a career .237 hitter with NO POWER and Strikes out alot.

  46. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 5th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Does everyone realize that there is no reason to talk about replacing Arod at this point in time? Just wondering. They’re not going to be moving anyone to 3rd if Arod doesn’t have surgery.

  47. Richard March 5th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Teix should keep quiet and do what he is asked.

    If he is asked to play 3rd, he should play 3rd.

    Same goes for Cano who said he wouldn’t play 3rd in the off-season of 07

    Whatever happened to the “I’ll do whatever the team wants” attitude?

  48. SJ44 March 5th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    The Yankees have money. Rolen’s contract doesn’t hamper them.

    They are trying to sell $350 dollar seats at Yankee Stadium and just lost a 40 million dollar deal with Bank of America.

    Gets a lot tougher to sell those seats, and do sponsorship deals, if they miss the playoffs two years in a row.

    They can afford, Rolen, Hall, Inge and whomever else they want to fill third base.

    Just depends on their stomach. If they have the stomach to do the deal, they will get one done quickly because the alternative is not appetizing.

  49. vtred March 5th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Inge may be the most overrated player in the world. The guy is a .237 hitter and he complains a lot.

  50. Betsy March 5th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Sounds grim – I don’t want Alex jeopardizing his career over this. Just have the surgery and try and come back later in the season – perhaps he’s a quick healer. If not, there’s still a chance he can come back. Even if he can’t, I don’t want to see Alex end up needing hip replacement surgery and I don’t want him to suffer and be miserable.

    I wonder if he will even be able to come back to normal after the surgery…….

  51. Sully Sox March 5th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    so it is a rare injury.

  52. PAT M. March 5th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    SJ, How much of Alex’s contract will be covered by insurance ??? That has to free up some dough…

  53. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    “Whatever happened to the “I’ll do whatever the team wants” attitude?”

    That attitude should take a backseat when what they are asking you to do will actually hurt the team. Tex apparently knows that he’s a horrible 3B. Why ask him to move there when it’s going to be a disaster? Do we need to replay the Sheffield at 1B scenario again?

  54. West side March 5th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Rolen has 2 years left on his deal and has a NTC.

    We only need him for 80 games. We can’t even ship him off at the trade deadline when Alex comes back because nobody will take his awful contract (and he can decide where he goes). Then we’re stuck with him for 2 years. He wears out his welcome everywhere. He isin’t going to like going back to the bench when A-Rod comes back.

    We need to go after a Figgins-type.

  55. SJ44 March 5th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Please, stop the nonsense. This isn’t a video game.

    The Yankees aren’t moving Tex or Cano to third base.

    Mark Teixeira isn’t a third baseman.

    You know what’s best for the team? Having your Gold Glove first baseman play first base.

    Cano isn’t even here right now. He’s playing second in the WBC. When exactly do they make this “move”.

    There are plenty of available guys on the market. They will just get one.

    Trisha,

    The reason why there is talk about getting a third baseman is because of the inevitability of the situation.

    At some point, Alex is going to need surgery.

    While its certainly possible he can play with this injury, it isn’t very realistic.

    That’s why I think the Yankees, while publicly saying they are going the “rest and rehab” route with Alex, will have him slated for surgery the moment a new third baseman is acquired.

  56. GreenBeret7 March 5th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    The only way I can see getting Inge at a reasonable cost would be taking on the ugliest contract going….Willis.

  57. Buddy Biancalana March 5th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    If Scott Rolen was willing to waive his NTC to go to TORONTO, why are we even wasting his time wondering if he’d waive it to come to the Yankees? Why wouldn’t he???

    ————————————————————-

    You’re missing the point, the question wasn’t whether he would waive it. It was whether it still exists after he already waived it to come to TOR.

  58. Ross March 5th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Even when A-Rod comes back, he isin’t going to be the same. Not easy to come back from a hip injury. We may need a long term answer for 3B, not just a 4 month one.

  59. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    “We need to go after a Figgins-type.”

    There is only one Chone Figgins and I don’t see LAA giving him to us on the cheap, on the reasonable or on the expensive.

  60. Betsy March 5th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Richard, relax – all Tex is saying is that he stinks at 3B. If the Yankees came to him and asked him to switch, I’m sure he would……but I don’t think there is a chance of that happening.

  61. SJ44 March 5th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Pat M,

    No more than 4 years of that contract is guaranteed.

    Insurance companies have mostly gotten out of the permanent disability insurance business for athletes.

    Especially with the market collapsing and AIG on the verge of going under.

    I think only Lloyds is still writing policies of this kind and the premiums are off the charts.

    They also only pay out if the player can’t ever play again.

    Alex will be as good as new after the surgery.

    Insurance won’t help the Yankees on this one.

  62. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    “The only way I can see getting Inge at a reasonable cost would be taking on the ugliest contract going….Willis.”

    Okay, we’re desperate, but we’re not *THAT* desperate.

  63. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Wouldn’t it be something if they actually gave Ransom a shot and he turned out to be fantastic? That would be something.

  64. James (One of the Many) March 5th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    based on contract status, the only guys who makes sense are mora and ty wigginton.

  65. Rick March 5th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    if blalock is healthy…..he may be the best bet at 6 mil for the year…it may take a little bit more to get him but he has a lot more in the tank than rolen at 22 mil

  66. SJ44 March 5th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    If the injury is not any more serious than what’s being reported, he will be fine after the surgery.

    If the injury was more serious than being reported, they wouldn’t even have the “rest and rehab” option. The doctors would have recommended immediate surgery.

    That’s why there will be a new Yankee third baseman this season.

    They aren’t going to risk making this injury worse by forcing the guy to play through it.

  67. yankeesrule2413 March 5th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Laura – I was thinking the same thing!

  68. feefoo March 5th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    c’mon cashman… earn your pay!

  69. li March 5th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Informative post, Pete. I hope AROD gets surgery sooner rather than later, no sense being ‘miserable’ all season and even risking his long-term health and mobility.

  70. Ross March 5th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Maybe Rolen doesn’t want to come to NY– lots of players don’t.

    He knows he is a short term solution and then will go to the bench when A-Rod comes back. Why would he approve a trade for that? He’s already won his ring… I’d imagine starting is more important to him.

  71. Sean March 5th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    If Utley can play through it, than so can A-Rod

  72. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 5th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    SJ if the Yankees go after someone it will make them appear disingenuous and will also cast doubt on what they say they are doing right now, which is trying to heal Arod with rest and rehab. If they acquire a legit 3B, then Arod has to disappear. It is pointless to get someone now if the person is going to do nothing but sit on the bench.

    I think they are in a bad position, but I don’t see them going after a 3B unless they find that this is working out with Arod.

  73. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 5th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    unless they find this ISN’T working out with Arod

  74. DT March 5th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    repost from last thread – (didn’t see Pete’s new post)

    In the back of my mind is Ms. Roberts book and her claim of “other drug revelations”.

    If heaven forbid Roberts comes out that there is further PED use post 2003 – Alex might be slapped with MLB 50 day suspension.

    How would that work if he was on the DL already?(assuming he has the surgery now) *Can you be suspended and on the DL at the same time?*

    If he was playing through the torn labrum and the hypothetical suspension happened – it would be smart to just get the surgery out of the way and partially avoid the media circus that would ensue.

  75. Rick March 5th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    hey on a lighter note—–what is going on with joba?….is he drinking the same water that hughes and kennedy drank last year? he had one scary pitching appearance today

  76. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 5th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    And if there is a way that Arod can make it through the season, then there is no need for another 3B.

  77. Chien - Ming Vase March 5th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    i KNEW something was up:

    Chien – Ming Vase
    March 5th, 2009 at 7:40 am
    smelling fishier and fishier every day. 5 days to get an appointment? started having problems last year? no word after the exam?

  78. feefoo March 5th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    what if the new 3B man becomes a fan favorite?

  79. Erick March 5th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Truthfully… getting away from the spotlight may be a good thing for Alex personally. He doesn’t have to face the Roberts’ book and subsequent fall-out and branching out from that… he can just rehab in Miami and not have to deal with it.

    So in addition to the medical benefits of getting this done quickly, from a PR standpoint, it may be a good thing. You are rolling the dice on him having a Utley type season rather than a Lowell one.

  80. Betsy March 5th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    SJ, if it’s true that the surgery will fix whatever is wrong and that Alex will be fine afterwards…….he really has to get it done, for the sake of his career. I forget where I read it (was it Pete? I’m not even sure – it might have been Ken Davidoff), but I read that maybe the Yankees don’t want to push surgery on Alex right now because he’s already upset enough – maybe they just want to give him a bit of space. You have to admit that it’s an awful lot to digest in the space of a day; there is no way Alex was thinking his situation was this bad……It’s a blow for the Yankees, but it’s worse for him – he’s the one who is suffering and he’s the one whose career is at stake.

  81. The Ghost March 5th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Guys this is a perfect situation, let Alex play on it through the summer then once Oct 1st comes along – have the surgery. The Yankees get an MVP for the regular season and don’t have an anchor to drag during the playoffs.

  82. Slu March 5th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    No on Rolen. He can’t stay healthy. He can’t hit anymore. He has a bad attitude. He has a bad contract. To me, there is no upside to Rolen.

    Mora makes sense to me and I think he has an expiring contract.

  83. Wilson March 5th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    CC, Teix, and AJ better not get off to slow starts otherwise we won’t survive.

    There is a reason the haters call him “April/May-Rod”… he puts up incredible numbers in the early months and can carry teams. A-Rod can mask a lot of the flaws himself and carry the team while others do nothing.

  84. PAT M. March 5th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    The only question is who is going to perform the proceedure and how soon….Has it been disclosed as to which hip it is ??? I’m thinking it very well could be his left as that hip recieves the brunt of the tourque and pressure….Man after such a great hot stove season we’ve been dealt with the Torre book, then two weeks later the roids, and two weeks later a damaged hip….Damn….100 wins is looking tough for me right now….Team will overcome this and become a tight club….I like Melvin Mora….That is the best option I can see right now….

  85. Boston Dave March 5th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    “Alex will be as good as new after the surgery.”

    SJ44,

    I hope you’re right about that. You don’t think he’d be more susceptible to future injuries to the hip or have any less mobility down the road as a direct result?

    re: Rolen

    he hated Philadelphia. it’s possible he won’t want to be in an even bigger market. I hope that’s not the case.

  86. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 5th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    There are a lot of things we don’t know right now, one being how Arod feels about this. For all we know he might have been asked whether he wanted to go with surgery or try to rehab it and he may have opted for the latter!

    In any event, que sera sera. We’ll know what we know when we know it.

    That’s always soon enough for me.

    Pete thank you for the information from Dr. Buly. While I too might have thought that getting the surgery over with sounded like the best option, obviously a lot more has gone into it since that isn’t the way it appears they are going.

    Night all.

  87. miggs March 5th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I hope he does play through it.

    Look, the guy was tearing the cover off the ball in the spring training games last week.

    The stiffness is most likely a result of the cyst, and he has no pain (yet). There is no evidence that A Rod would even know he had a labrum tear if the hip hadn’t gotten tight from the huge cyst.

    Now the cyst is drained and they can monitor the injury. If he has surgery its around 4 months recovery time no matter what.

    Personally I hope they watch it closely and as long as it doesn’t get worse, let him play through it. Even if it does get worse, he still has to have the same operation.

    I roll the dice.

  88. Boston Dave March 5th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    trisha,

    I believe SJ44 is saying that Alex is going to have surgery very soon. The Yankees aren’t going to announce this but will be working behind the scenes to get a replacement. When they do, they announce and perform the surgery on Alex.

    Nobody would be sitting on the bench, unless and hopefully if Alex returns closer to 4 months than 6+.

    I think Alex can play though.

  89. Clare March 5th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    PAT M.,

    Right hip – same leg as the quad injury last year. Long said it was hampering his swing because his back foot wasn’t fully rotating and his hips weren’t clearing (or something like that).

  90. SJ44 March 5th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Trisha,

    The issue is, its unlikely he will make it through the season without surgery.

    If in fact the cyst has impacted the bone area, which it looks like it has based on Cashman’s comments, he won’t be able to have the flexibility in the hip (regardless of his pain tolerance) to hold up over the course of the season.

    Meaning, despite public pronoucements to the contrary, they are in the market for a third baseman.

    Its eerily similar to Posada’s situation of last year. From “rest and rehab” to major surgery in a few short weeks.

    Arod has a serious injury. For a guy his size, and the torque in his swing, he needs his hips to be healthy in order to generate power.

    His right hip, the “trigger” in his swing, is not healthy.

    It doesn’t make it realistic to think he can hold up over the course of the season.

    Its gotta be killing him inside. He’s never had a serious injury in his career until this point.

    That said, everybody, the Yankees and Arod, have to be smart about treating this injury.

    It doesn’t hurt to give it a few weeks of rest and rehab to see what happens.

    All I’m saying is, its more likely than not someone else will be playing third base for the Yankees for a good portion (or all) of the 2009 season.

    Remember, they have 8 more years with Arod. They can’t do anything that would impact those years negatively.

    Pushing to play with a torn hip labrum? You don’t have to be a doctor to see the lack of wisdom with that strategy.

  91. Alex March 5th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    So are we to believe that since the discomfort and cyst were present last season, A-Rod could’ve had surgery during the offseason?

  92. Joe from Long Island March 5th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Melvin Mora would be very acceptable. The thing is, would Angelos/Baltimore trade him to the Yankees? From what I’ve heard/read, Angelos has kind of a hatred thing for the Steinbrenners.

  93. Boston Dave March 5th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    miggs,

    I am in the minority but I agree. Go the Chase Utley route.

    IMO, regardless of when he has surgery, his 2009 is out the window.

    Let him play as long as he can, if not for the entire season.

    If there were any appetizing alternatives, great. Fact is… there aren’t.

    If Alex can play without risking his future (conflicting reports about this), let him play.

  94. BJ March 5th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Wilson Betemit anyone?

  95. Boston Dave March 5th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Michelle B had some insightful posts in the last couple threads:

    “most often labrum injuries in hip cause pain in other areas of the leg – IE quad, hamstring and it usually takes ruling out 13 other injuries before an mri is ordered for the hip pain. Its a weird phenomenon in sports med. I will say i’ve had two athletes both had the “snapping” hip and pain associated with it from the beginning and not one dr we saw suggested labrum tear. It took 3 months and two specialists to figure it out. There is soo much going on in the groin and hip flexor area. I personally think having surgery and getting on with it is the best thing. But, its not going to be worse 6 months from now. Like i said before Lowell had that hip injury for something like 12 yrs – and Utley reportedly aggravated his hip in the off season workouts months before the season started.

    I think that arod’s injury is a direct result of the quad injury last yr and i blame gene monahan and the rest of the athletic training/sports med staff for not getting on this towards the end of last season.”

  96. SJ44 March 5th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Betsy,

    I think the scenario (giving Alex some space) is precisely what’s happening right now.

    I’m sure the last 24 hours has been devastating for him. Basically, regardless of the spin, his season is pretty much over.

    Sure, they will give him a few weeks to rest and rehab and hope for the best.

    Realistically? He’s going to have surgery in the next 2-4 weeks, IMO. They can’t risk the next 8 years for this year.

    It also gives everybody a chance to catch their collective breaths and figure out which direction to go to find a third baseman.

    Its a shame but, injuries happen. The good teams find a way to overcome them. Especially on March 5.

  97. djeter220 March 5th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    In this scenario I can’t have an opinion. I’m not arod, I’m not his doctors, and I’m not Cashman. There’s really no way to judge how he’s feeling or how it will effect him unless you’re one of the three. Whichever route they choose to go I get it, I just hope he can try and stick it out.

  98. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    “Pushing to play with a torn hip labrum? You don’t have to be a doctor to see the lack of wisdom with that strategy.”

    Exactly. And the guys who have done it are idiots too. Alex is still a young man. He’s got a decade left to play ball. Does he really want to jeopardize that for what may be something that doesn’t work (i.e. playing through it).

    People give me grief for saying this, but I’m going to say it again. I feel sorry for Alex. He has had one hell of a horrible year …. and we’re only in March!!!

  99. EvoLuTioN March 5th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    beltre

    /end of story

  100. Vince March 5th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Sign Mark Grudzielanek to a one year deal, and that is that.

    A-Rod, have the surgery, and be back in time for the playoffs.

    I don’t want to trade anyone for a rental. Especially since there is nothing very appealing out there.

    IF we need to make a deal, then I say Rolen. But, only if they don’t consider Grudzielanek.

  101. GreenBeret7 March 5th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    PAT M, it was the right hip….possibly from banging the ground on diving at third or stealing bases/breaking up DPs. He’s a big guy, and that’s a lot of pounding. Just a guess, though.

  102. Clare March 5th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Boston Dave,

    I disagree – you just can’t take the chance that he will injure it worse. Medicine is still more art than science, and I believe it’s unlikely any doctor would be able to guarantee that he won’t do more damage on it by playing. Without a guarantee, and since the surgery is inevitable, I think they have to do it sooner rather than later. I hate it, because I’ve already spent more than I can afford on tickets at the new stadium this season, but I just can’t see them letting him play.

  103. jennifer March 5th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    What I don’t understand is he had discomfort since last season. Why wasn’t it further investigated?

    Why wait at all to have the surgery? All it will do is push his recovery further back. At this point we still have 1 month to till the season starts. That is one less month of the regular season that we would lose him. If we could get him back in Sept isn’t that better than losing him in May for the rest of the season?

  104. Jeff March 5th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Maybe another trade with the Buccos is in order. Our depth chart is 3rd Base is 25 year old Andy LaRoche starting, Eric Hinske as backup; veteran journeyman Ramon Vazquez; #4 minor league prospect Neil Walker; then #1 prospect Pedro Alvarez. I would try to pry away Vazquez, who I feel is a superior utility infielder to Ransom, however LaRoche or Hinske might do.

  105. Phil March 5th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    2nd opinion

    http://community.thetimes-tribune.com/bl….via-the-ap.aspx

    The most interesting part of the Associated Press story about Alex Rodriguez (right) is probably the two-paragraph chunk of information from a doctor named Struan Coleman:

    Dr. Struan Coleman of the Hospital for Special Surgery, which treats the New York Mets, said Rodriguez probably could avoid an operation by having heat and cold treatment, but might need an injection to control pain and/or inflammation. Coleman said it is unlikely the injury is related to past steroid use.

    “It’s quite common in athletes who do a lot of rotational movement in their sport,” Coleman said. “This a slowly progressive process. This has been going on a number of years.”

    [...]

  106. Sean March 5th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    If Alex can play though this, it is stupid to go ahead and have surgery right now. We have a whole season to play, Utley played through it, and Lowell played through it for years before it was unbearable. Why can’t A-Rod play this season, and have the surgery in October or November, depending on when the season ends.

  107. Rockks March 5th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    This has to be devastating for the team… all of them talked about how important Alex was and how big a year he was going to have. Now? He isin’t going to be with them until August.

    I hope they don’t become deflated. You don’t lose a player like A-Rod and NOT feel the effects. It is going to be a bumpy ride, I hope the team can stick together and pick eachother up. This has to be a punch in the gut for this team with World Series aspirations, losing its best player.

  108. jennifer March 5th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    http://www.baseball-reference......ma01.shtml

    He hasn’t played third since his first season in the majors.

  109. Sean March 5th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Without Alex’s bat.. you can forget about the post season. The Sox and Rays will roll right over us.

  110. SoCalYankeeFan March 5th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Adrian Beltre is on the last year of his contract in Seattle paying him $12M. What would the Yankees be held up for?

    SoCalYankeeFan 8)

  111. Sean March 5th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    The idea he must have surgery now is ridiculous…

  112. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    “If Alex can play though this, it is stupid to go ahead and have surgery right now. We have a whole season to play, Utley played through it, and Lowell played through it for years before it was unbearable. Why can’t A-Rod play this season, and have the surgery in October or November, depending on when the season ends.”

    Because each player is different. Just because Utley and Lowell managed to play through it and perhaps not make their condition worse doesn’t mean that Alex can or that he won’t make his condition worse. It’s too much of a risk to take IMO.

  113. PAT M. March 5th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you Claire for the info….I’d think it would have been the left hip…As a right hand hitter usually the left knee is what fades the fastest…I thought the same would hold true with the hips as well….As always we’re trying to make sense of the limited info that is being released….However, what info that has come out of the Yankee camp, it seems that surgery awaits once the inflamation subsides….It’s early March that is a month headstart to return in late July / August….The season could be a wash, depends on where the club is come August…For all the ragging he gets here, I’m certain the loss of his services is feeling felt even by the most ardent anti # 13 folks….Pete as well……

  114. miggs March 5th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    “Exactly. And the guys who have done it are idiots too. Alex is still a young man. He’s got a decade left to play ball. Does he really want to jeopardize that for what may be something that doesn’t work (i.e. playing through it). ”

    Sorry but this argument is weak at best.

    Chase Utley played a whole year with the injury.
    Lowell had his for over 10 years.

    Why end the guy’s season in March when he has a good chance to play the season?

    He has NO PAIN. He wouldn’t even know about the injury if not for the cyst. He’s tearing the cover off the ball.

    Yeah let’s operate on his hip and possibly end his season when he has a chance to play all year long. Brilliant!

    At least wait and see if it gets worse, give it a shot.

    Throwing in the towel now to “save his long-term health” seems premature.

    Use some common sense here.
    If there was any chance of doing long-lasting damage he’d have the surgery. The Yankees aren’t idiots.

    Why wait 2-4 weeks then have the surgery? That only keeps him out longer.

  115. Betsy March 5th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    SJ, I’m depressed about this development, imagine how he feels? Also, going into surgery with bad vibes and negative feelings is not good. I think if Alex can get a positive feeling going and he’s told that he will be fresh and good to go after the recovery and rehab, he might decide on the surgery. Right now, as emotional as he has to be, it must be near impossible to make that kind of decision.

    I didn’t think it would be possible for him to play after this just because I think “hip” and I picture him breaking down just trying to jog to first base. If it’s true that this surgery will take care of everything with no lasting effects, then he has to get it done. IF he has the surgery soon and can make it back August or September, although 95% of the season will have passed, the man can still make an impact. That is what he has to concentrate on.

    I’m sort of decompressing myself – I’d like to get back into a more positive frame of mind. I think I’d be constantly worrying about Alex every time he took the field – it’s not a pleasant feeling. The Yankees DO have a very good team and the guys are going to have to pick up the slack. I don’t want to say “well, Tex had better get off to a great start” because I don’t even know that there is anything you can do about it – there is no way to quantify why some players start slowly and others don’t. What Tex and co. have to do is at least tread water until they start to get hot; they can’t be dreadful. It helps that the pitching is terrific – we are not sending Ponson out there anymore.

  116. Boston Dave March 5th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    “Basically, regardless of the spin, his season is pretty much over.”

    Which is why I think they might as well let him try to play.

    Closely monitor the situation and let him play.

    What difference does it make if he has surgery now, in June, or after the season?

    I just don’t see how people can make a safe assumption that Alex absolutely cannot play this season. It was done just last year by Chase Utley.

    Why don’t you ask the World Champion Phillies if they regret not opting for immediate surgery?

  117. miggs March 5th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    “The idea he must have surgery now is ridiculous…”

    Agree completely Sean. Some people on here are drama queens however. Others are bordering on suicidal. I prefer to thing logically about things.

  118. Boston Dave March 5th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    miggs, you beat me to the punch.

    needless to say, I agree with you.

  119. Rick March 5th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Sean,

    Agree, people don’t realize that. It was going to be a dog-fight to the end just to get into the playoffs WITH AROD. Now that challenge just got significantly harder. I don’t see how we make it without him unless everyone has a career year. So many things have to go right now. We have 0 margin for error without our best player to carry us.

  120. Betsy March 5th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I would also think that, even while rehabbing (if he chooses to go this route) that maybe Alex show up occasionally to hang out in the clubhouse (can he do that?) with the guys…..I know it would be frustrating for him, but he’d be around his teammates and friends and it would cure some of his loneliness. One thing I’ve read is that many retired players miss the camraderie amongst their teammates moreso than even playing the game itself. At least if Alex could pop up occasionally, he wouldn’t feel as if he wasn’t part of the team.

  121. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    “The idea he must have surgery now is ridiculous…”

    Really? Sean, what would you say if Alex played through it and then in June, he’s running the bases, something goes wrong and he makes his injury worse; so much so that he needs hip replacement surgery. Would you still be saying that you’re glad that Alex didn’t have the surgery or would you be complaining that he didn’t have the surgery before the season started?

  122. k42 March 5th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    SJ’s last post is a good assessment of the situation. Hitting mechanics are too intricate to expect someone to just “play through” an injury and put up MVP numbers… no matter who it is. If he isn’t generating the torque in his hips that he needs to in order to maximize his power, as Long said, he’s not going to be the A-Rod everyone wants him to be, anyway. I would think that having the surgery now (even if it’s minor) would be the best option for the team, for both this season and the future. I’m wary of waiting it out with rehab now, considering there’s still 4 weeks left to go until the season. If this takes 4 months, you’re looking more at August then September if it just happens now (and is, worst case, 4 months). That’s still more than enough time to make an impact on a divisional race.

  123. SJ44 March 5th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Well Miggs, we found out today he was having pain. They then found that cyst to be quite large. Large enough to be impacting the bone in the hip area.

    That’s pretty serious stuff.

    I can see them giving him a few weeks to see what happens, a la Posada from last year, then going the surgical route. It also gives them time to find his replacement.

    Its inevitable though he is going to need surgery. Better to do it now than risk injuring the area further, which playing on it will do, IMO.

  124. Sean March 5th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    YOU DON’T TREAT THE CONDITION, YOU TREAT THE PATIENT.

    Alex is feeling no pain. Why the hell would he have surgery, when guys who have had similar injuries have been able to play through it.

  125. yanks 1927 March 5th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Sean – yep.

    tampa and boston are both excellent teams. if they stay healthy, i dont see how we make it.

  126. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    “I just don’t see how people can make a safe assumption that Alex absolutely cannot play this season. It was done just last year by Chase Utley.”

    Boston Dave, I’m not saying that Alex can’t play through this injury. I think that he can. What I’m saying is that he SHOULDN’T play. You have to think long term. This isn’t just about this season; this is about Alex’s career. Isn’t sacrificing one season worth gaining another 8?

  127. Boston Dave March 5th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    further,

    there is a general consensus that the Yankees are heavily invested in winning a title over the next 3 seasons (Sabathia opt-out, expiring contracts of Posada, Jeter, Mariano, etc).

    If Alex is seriously jeopardizing his career by playing, then there is of course no other option. I just have not heard a compelling argument or informed opinion that this is the case. In fact, recent history proves otherwise.

    I’d prefer to see how Alex responds to R&R before making any ultimate decisions. just my opinion…

  128. Sean March 5th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    SJ44.. That’s wrong

    Cashman said over and over today that Alex NEVER felt pain, non what so ever. Once and while he mentioned he has tightness or stiffness in his leg… that’s the extent of it.

  129. miggs March 5th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    “Really? Sean, what would you say if Alex played through it and then in June, he’s running the bases, something goes wrong and he makes his injury worse; so much so that he needs hip replacement surgery. Would you still be saying that you’re glad that Alex didn’t have the surgery or would you be complaining that he didn’t have the surgery before the season started?”

    This is the kind of melodramadic garbage I was talking about…

    Hip replacement surgery? Is Alex 65 years old? Was he in a serious car accident?

    Come on give it a rest.

  130. Riley - March 5th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    How long before the Yankees decide they need to get a short term solution for third base?

  131. Boston Dave March 5th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Laura,

    Mike Lowell played with the injury for TEN years. Chase Utley played an entire season and full playoff schedule.

    Unless you can give compelling evidence that he is risking his career by playing, I choose to go on these facts.

    If you can, by all means, please do. I would agree with you 100% if that is the case.

  132. jennifer March 5th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    According to some I guess it would be foolish to even play games this season. cause you know the soxs are just a healthy bunch of young guys and won’t fall on hard times. And you know those pesky rays, they’ve finally put it together and will win 100 games. Just close the doors on the new stadium. Don’t even bother opening it cause we don’t have a snowballs chance.

    Does anyone realize how stupid this sounds?

  133. Phil March 5th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Mickey Mantle played through worse – yearly.

  134. vin March 5th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    “what if the new 3B man becomes a fan favorite?”

    Where’s Scott Brosius when you need him?

  135. Vince March 5th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    “He has NO PAIN. He wouldn’t even know about the injury if not for the cyst. He’s tearing the cover off the ball.”

    Um: “It’s going to get progressively worse and for the patient, it’s pretty miserable,” he said.” and “Dr. Buly, who is a Yankees fan, said A-Rod would soon have trouble pivoting or flexing. Running, at least at first, will not be a problem.”.

    __________________________________________________________

    Jennifer, good point. I did not realize Grudzielanek has not played 3rd base in so long. I checked the same site too! I just looked to see if he had any experience there.

    Now that I think about it, Beltre is very appealing. He is 29 years old. He has played SS and 2nd as well! Very interesting. If we could get him without giving up too much, I think that would be a welcome addition to the club.

  136. Danny March 5th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Sean,

    The reason Cashman doesn’t want surgery because he knows how detrimental it is to our season. People underestimate Alex just because he doesn’t hit in the clutch. His presence alone is huge. You don’t remove a force from that lineup (in a highly contested AL East) and just stay status quo. You feel the hit.

    Our season hangs in the balance either way because A-Rod could break down at any second if he doesn’t get the surgery and could be out for the entire year. So either way, you are walking on egg-shells.

  137. Sean March 5th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Laura,

    Hip replacement? Seriously? How old do you think Alex is? Come on now… you’re not being credible

  138. Boston Dave March 5th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I have yet to hear a Dr. say that the injury will get worse if he plays on it. That doesn’t mean it’s not true but I’d like to hear it from a professional.

    I have only heard a doctor say that it will NOT get worse.

    Surgery is inevitable, yes. When he has surgery is the issue.

    I’d prefer he have it in November.

  139. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    “This is the kind of melodramadic garbage I was talking about…
    Hip replacement surgery? Is Alex 65 years old? Was he in a serious car accident?
    Come on give it a rest.”

    Really? Are you a doctor, miggs? Are you a psychic, who can see the future? Can you guarantee that Alex isn’t going to make his injury worse? You don’t know what can happen with this injury. I was using an extreme case, but that’s not the point. When you are talking about someone’s career, when you are talking about a $300mil investment, it is better to err on the side of caution. He should have the surgery and have it now.

  140. Joe from Long Island March 5th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Cash could be denying the existence of any pain in order to disseminate misinformation to opposing GMs, in the hope of getting a better price on a new 3B. I’m not in the business world, but I wouldn’t think it prudent to publicly state that I’m desperate for a particular commodity.

  141. SJ44 March 5th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Boston Dave,

    The Phillies don’t have 270 million dollars, and 8 more years, tied up in Chase Utley.

    Utley is also about 40 pounds lighter than Arod. Meaning, a whole lot less wear and tear on his body and a whole lot less torque in his swing, than Arod.

    Obviously, giving him a few weeks to rest and rehab is not hurting anybody.

    That said, I don’t see any way he is the Opening Day third baseman.

    When you are dealing with hips, too many things can go wrong.

    If you mess up, as in Albert Belle’s situation, and he needs a hip replacement, his career is over and the Yankees eat over 240 million dollars.

    That ain’t happenin’.

    Obviously, today is a VERY bad news day for Arod and the Yankees. In the next few days though, when everybody settles down, I think you will see logical thought processes rule the day.

    They can’t afford to do anything that would risk his future.

    There are available third basemen in the marketplace.

    Best case scenario, they get one, he has the surgery in the next few weeks, and perhaps he’s back by August or September.

    I’d hate to see them try and push this and make it worse.

    We saw that with Posada last year and that didn’t turn out well. I hope they learned their lesson from that negative experience.

  142. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 5th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    “Chone Figgins, Gardner, and Damon on the basepaths would be awesome”

    now you’re talking.

    don’t see the Angels trading Figgins, tho.

  143. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    “If you can, by all means, please do. I would agree with you 100% if that is the case.”

    I can’t, Boston. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not a possibility.

  144. miggs March 5th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    SJ44 you may be right and i respect your opinion but I’d roll the dice.

    If he has a setback or the tear gets bigger then have the surgery. Its the same recovery time.

    I just don’t see why everyone wants to jump the gun here and have the guy go under the knife tomorrow.

    It just doesn’t make any sense.

  145. Sean March 5th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Boston Dave, do you have a link that says Lowell played through the injury for that long?

  146. PAT M. March 5th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I was 43 when I had my first hip replacement…..Bo Jackson was what 32. Albert Bell 35….I just think there is much that we don’t even have a clue about…

  147. Tom March 5th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    So are the “Arod should play through it posters” the new “sign Sheets crowd”

    Again, read the quote from the Dr. Above:

    “Dr. Buly said it is “not unreasonable” to try rest and rehab. “But at some point you have to bite the bullet and have the surgery. It’s going to get progressively worse and for the patient, it’s pretty miserable,”

    The Question is how progressively worse is it going to get.

  148. Boston Dave March 5th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    SJ44,

    I can’t disagree with you.

    I just don’t think Jorge’s situation is close enough to Alex’s to use it as justification alone.

    What about Mike Lowell? Utley is smaller but you can’t say he didn’t rely on his hips less than Alex does. Alex has more muscle to compensate (or something like that :) ).

    Of course I can’t make any definitive statements. It just seems premature to be ruling him out.

  149. rodg12 March 5th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Good article up on fangraphs about this…..

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....omes-a-rod

    Utley and Lowell do give us reason for hope. If it’s the non serious variety like Utley’s, I think he’s gotta try to play through it.

  150. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 5th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    “I just don’t see why everyone wants to jump the gun here and have the guy go under the knife tomorrow.”

    Because the sooner he has the surgery, the sooner he gets back.

  151. miggs March 5th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Laura I could ask you the same question. Are you a doctor? You seem really determined to shove your diagnosis down everybody’s throat and portray it as fact.

    You’re completely entitled to your opinion I guess, even if you use no logic to support it.

  152. Phil March 5th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Best case scenario? Give it a rest. He can play with this.

  153. miggs March 5th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    And what difference would it have made if Posada had the surgery right away last year on his shoulder?

    He’s still out the entire year, so I don’t see what the point is.

    He tried to play through it. It didn’t work. That doesn’t mean its the same situation with Alex.

  154. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 5th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Joe from LI – I think the accurate information is that Arod had not been feeling any pain. One of the reasons the Yankees were hopeful when Arod was sent to Vail was because he had not been feeling any pain.

    Arod had told them about the problem at the end of last season but described it as stiffness. Not pain. According to the Mayo clinic at other sites, there are times that this particular condition doesn’t even present with symptoms!

    I think rather than think of misinformation we might believe what was reported – that Arod had complained about stiffness in the hip. Period.

  155. Mike March 5th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    How come no one mentions Ray Durham as a possible replacement?

    Is he too good of an option? At the least he’s a solid guy to have on the beach and he’d come cheap. The dude is a free-agent and has only had one sub OPS+ 100 year in like the last 10. Not to mention he’s 3 years younger than Gruzielanek (and better).

  156. Chien - Ming Vase March 5th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    poll is up to 72% to have surgery now.

  157. James (One of the Many) March 5th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    You might want to wait to hear how alex feels, ie from alex before demanding he go under the knife now. these over dramatic, sky is falling, comments are tough to read

  158. GreenBeret7 March 5th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    One other player that had a chance at an outstanding career and was rerailed by a hip injury was pitcher Britt Burns. It didn’t come up until he was traded to the Yanks from the White Sox.

  159. MikeinBH March 5th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks this might be a good thing for the Yankees? Call me crazy, but this daily A-Rod drama was sure to distract the team. The ’96-00 dynasty did not have a player who was a perennial MVP candidate who consistently hit 40 HR and 120 RBI. They also didn’t have one player who consistently dominated the back and front pages with negative publicity because of the dumb things he said/did. Perhaps a player such as Adrian Beltre or Scott Rolen who are comparable to a Scott Brosius type both in talent (at this point in their careers) and character is exactly what will help take them to Series. Maybe removing A-Rod from the daily spotlight may allow this team to focus on a championship and not the daily freakshow that is Alex Rodriguez.

  160. SJ44 March 5th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    That’s exactly it Tom. He has to have the surgery.

    IMO, the sooner he has it, the faster he can rehab and come back for the stretch drive.

    Last year, when the injury was not as severe as it is now, according to Kevin Long, Alex was making adjustments to his swing because of the pain in his hip. It affected his swing and they spent time in the winter trying to fix it.

    JMO but, too many things can happen that mitigates having him play with this injury. Especially considering how much money and years are left on his current contract.

    That has to get factored into the equation.

    This is so much like the Posada situation from last year, it isn’t funny.

    All we heard was, “its all about pain tolerance and management”. “He can play through it and have the surgery in the off-season”. The truth was, the guy was trying to play through a blown out shoulder.

    Despite being a Gold Medal patient, he still isn’t ready to resume everyday catching duties, nearly 8 months out of surgery.

    With hips, like shoulders, you have to be super careful.

    I’d rather err on the side of caution.

    Its the Yankees, not the Marlins. They have the money to “fix” this problem and get a veteran third baseman. He obviously won’t be ARod. But, he will be a solid contributor to the team.

    Once the dust settles, I believe that’s the direction they are going to have to go.

  161. Chien - Ming Vase March 5th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    i dont see getting beltre without giving them hughes, so thats a no go for me. rolen is the best option, but really expensive.

  162. Sean March 5th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I predict A-Rod will be on the field on opening day, but that’s just me.

  163. Sean March 5th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    A-Rod has already proven he can play though this injury… he’s done it already.

  164. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 5th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    whats with all this rolens love? sheesh.

    arod is irreplaceable unless you willing to give up your absolute best prospects and the yanks wouldn’t/shouldn’t do that. how about you get someone who can play small ball and has great defense, like Figgins.

    the problem is it doesnt matter who we want in the trade other teams are going to take advantage of our situation. that said who would you be willing to give up for Figgins?

  165. Sean March 5th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Being that he’s proven he can play though the injury, why can’t he continue playing? With actual treatment to get him through a whole season.

  166. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 5th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    And unless and until we are informed the Yankees intend to do something other than what they have reported, I really think that the most intelligent and reasonable perspective is that between the Yankee doctors and the specialist in Vail, the most prudent decision will be made concerning how to deal with Arod and that nobody is going to take undue chances with a player of his calibre with the money the Yankees have into his contract.

    And so if we do find out the Yankees indeed intend to try rest and rehab, I think we have the trust that ultimately they know a lot more than we do and are truly on top of the situation, whether or not their decision comports with what any of us might want to see happen. Their decision will be one made with medical knowledge combined with the desire to first do no harm.

    Seriously.

  167. SJ44 March 5th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Trisha,

    Don’t be so sure. What they say publicly, and what they do privately, are often two entirely different scenarios.

    Rest and rehab for a few weeks? Sure, why not? It won’t matter in terms of games being played because the games are meaningless right now. That won’t hurt anybody.

    However, I doubt anybody from the Steadman Clinic is going to give them a different diagnosis than Dr. Buly did in his interview with Pete.

    Regardless of what the Yankees “say” publicly, Arod needs surgery. The issue is “when”?

    To some of us, like me, “when” will be “when” they get another third baseman! lol

    Until then, they will spout the “rest and rehab” party line publicly. Behind the scenes, probably starting right now, Cash is making calls looking for a third baseman.

  168. Phil March 5th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    This is like Po’s situation last year? Cause ARod throws with his foot? Give me a break. It’s a different part of the body. A few years ago Po played a whole seasone with a torn muscle in one of his legs, and that’s the more similar situation.

  169. Boston Dave March 5th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    SJ44,

    The 9 years left on his deal may end up being the decisive factor (i.e. you make a good point).

    they do have the money to “fix” it but the fixes aren’t very good.

    I suppose if Rolen can be had for a moderate prospect, ok.

    Of the possibilities, I’d much rather have a solid fielder than the other guys available.

    I think people are forgetting that 3b isn’t a place to stick anybody who can put on a glove.

  170. PAT M. March 5th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    For anyone who has played sports at any level should understand this…..You can play with pain, you just don’t play hurt….

  171. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 5th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    “poll is up to 72% to have surgery now.”

    Not for nothing Vase, but this is the same group who last year spent three days planning Joba’s funeral when he had to come out of a game and had every medical diagnosis under the sun that said it could even be career ending – THAT DESPITE GIRARDI SAYING THAT THERE WAS NO PAIN AND THAT WAS A VERY GOOD SIGN IT WAS NOTHING SERIOUS. I, by the way, was on the side who said it was best not to panic and probably pay attention to Girardi since he had been a catcher and was familiar with pitcher nuances. In the end, it turned out to be minor.

    If this group is 72% in favor, I say the Yankees are correct to wait. No offense to the 72%.

    “You might want to wait to hear how alex feels, ie from alex before demanding he go under the knife now. *these over dramatic, sky is falling, comments are tough to read*”

    Seriously, I couldn’t agree more.

  172. MCB March 5th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Wow that out 10 weeks report that we freaked over this morning seems pretty good right now!

    I agree SJ44. The pain is probably only going to get worse. Bite the bullet. Have the Monday and rehab like crazy. ARod is a tremendous athlete and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him come back sooner than most. I’d rather have the huge addition of Arod come August then to lose him mid-season. We’ll win on pitching and the hopes Posada and Matsui can contribute like they used to. Let’s face it if Posada and Matsui can’t rebound we probably would struggle with a healthy ARod.

  173. SJ44 March 5th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Phil,

    Its the same situation with regard to the Yankees comments on a serious injury. The exact same wording, which is funny to me.

    They are handling this in the same way they handled Posada’s injury from last year. It really isn’t any different.

    Same terminology, and it will eventually be the same result. The player is going to need surgery that will impact most or all of his season.

  174. Tom March 5th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Again, folks read the what Pete wrote:

    “Dr. Buly, who is a Yankees fan, said A-Rod would soon have trouble pivoting or flexing.”

    It’s easy for us to say “Arod should man up and play” But, it sounds like he will soon have issues that WILL hinder him in the field.

  175. Boston Dave March 5th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Tom,

    Dr Buly also doesn’t know the size of the tear or severity of the injury as a whole.

    I imagine other qualified doctors will advise the Yankees. If he cannot play, they aren’t going to force the issue.

    If he does play, I will rest assured that the doctors gave him the green light to.

    One statement from a doctor that is not familiar with the MRI results is not enough for me, personally.

  176. Phil March 5th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    SJ44,

    That’s just some reverse engineering. The injury can be managed with heat and ice and he has no pain. The stiffness was a product of the cyst which has been lanced.

    This isn’t a ten year injury like Lowell’s and may not be as bad as Utley’s. While you point out that Utley is smaller than ARod, you neglect he therefore must use far more of his bodies resources to generate the bat speed ARod can just by flicking his wrists. Utley is probably creating more abusive torque given his smaller frame than ARod is given his much larger frame and joints.

    I think ARod plays through this and becomes a hero.

  177. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 5th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    SJ, and as always, I am down with anything the Yankees end up doing. I never anticipate, always just react to the moment.

    I am not thinking Arod will never need surgery, but I am thinking that perhaps it will not happen for a while.

    I don’t trust the kneejerking here (just speaking about the way things work here as a general rule), and I am a patient type by nature. My first foray into lohud forum craziness was last season when Joba got hurt in a game and for three days this forum was nonstop with the most dire predictions and funereal atmosphere. Everyone became a doctor, and the only person nobody paid attention to was Joe Girardi, the one who turned out to be correct!

    I ended up on the right side of the law in that one primarily because I pay attention to the Yankee organization first and foremost, and secondly I am just not prone to panic. But if I got swept away with the overarching view of this forum, I wouldn’t have slept for three days just knowing that Joba would never pitch again!

    History tells me there is wisdom in waiting and watching. If your scenario turns out to be correct and they are already searching for a 3B I can live with that also. But for now I have nothing to lose by trusting that they are telling the truth. I adjust easily. If they change their story tomorrow, that will be the one I go with! But until then I have to believe that surgery is coming later rather than sooner.

  178. GreenBeret7 March 5th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Assuming that the doctors suggest that the best option is surgery right now, does Rodriguez go with the surgery, go with rest and rehab or play until Cashman finds a suitable replacement?

  179. Peter Abraham March 5th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Phil:

    Dr.Philippon said he needs surgery Cashman said he needs surgery. There will be surgery, its just a question of when he has to have it.

    Dr. Buly is close friends with Philippon. His partner is the guy who operated on Lowell. This is a national expert on this injury. I didn’t pick him out of thin air.

    Alex has complained of this since last June according to Kevin Long, one of his closest confidantes. Once it goes bad, as did with Lowell last year, it went bad fast.

    To me, you play win the World Series, not to get in the postseason. There is not much point in having Alex gut out the season if he cannot perform to his level come October. Make a trade, get the surgery and get him back healthy at the All-Star break.

    Did you see Lowell in the ALDS? He could barely walk.

  180. Teixeiramvp March 5th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    I know he will need surgery, I’m just hoping it’s at the end of the season. A-Rod at 75% is better than Ransom.

  181. Phil March 5th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Pete,

    Lowell had that injury for 10 years. These things are not all transitive. Did you see the link I posted from the Mets’ doctor from HSS? He said it could be managed with heat and ice. We’ll see. But I think ARod plays through it.

  182. Teixeiramvp March 5th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I heard Lowell’s hip was worse, and he fought throught it. Hopefully A-Rod will too.

  183. Ed H. March 5th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Alex is both the Yankees best player and the one to whom they have made, by far, the greatest commitment of both time and money. The top priority is to maximize A-Rod’s effectiveness as a player for the longest period of time. Therefore, there is one key factor upon which the decision should be based: Does Alex risk worsening his prognosis if he further damages his hip by continuing to play?

    It’s clear, from Cashman’s comments and from those of some of the doctors who have been interviewed, that the hip injury could become more severe if Alex delays surgery. Does the more severe damage then become harder to repair with surgery? Would it decrease the likelihood that the surgery would be successful to the same degree that it would succeed if done now, while the injury is less severe? Does more extensive damage prior to surgery impact rehab time?

    If Alex would not be risking a worse prognosis by playing, then that’s fine. If he is though, he has to have the surgery now. Nothing else matters as much as this does.

  184. Teixeiramvp March 5th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I said this before: basically, we know nothing. Anything we say now is just panicked conjecture. We won’t know anything for a couple of days. I trust the Yankees to tell us the truth.

  185. randy l March 5th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    “… he therefore must use far more of his bodies resources to generate the bat speed ARod can just by flicking his wrists.”

    bat speed is caused by holding the angle and releasing the wrist cock . there is no” flick”. the strength is necessary to hold the club head back until the last possible split second.

    it’s a nice story about” flicking”. but that’s not what happens in a good swing.

  186. yanksfanmc March 5th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    i have a cyst in my left testicle, it only bothers me at certain times and i was told by my dr. that as long as I can endure the discomfort, might as just leave it alone.

    Im hoping A-Rod does the same

  187. Chambliss March 5th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    SJ: If, as someone suggested above, A-Rod knew about this injury last year and was making adjustments in his swing to compensate, why didn’t he go under the knife in August when the season was essentially over? It boggles my mind that the Yankees may have known about this injury last year and did not urge A-Rod to have surgery last year.

  188. Peter Abraham March 5th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Phil:

    Heat and ice? The guy who examined him said he needs surgery. That is not up for debate. I asked Cashman whether this was similar to what Lowell had. “Yes, exactly,” he said.

    When asked to give the grade of the tear, Cashman refused. He didn’t refuse because it was minor, I assure you of that.

    Alex has had this since last June. That is nine months ago. The second he started playing baseball again, guess what happened? He had problems. What do you think will happen when the 162-game season starts?

    At some point today, Scott Boras, Stan Javier (the Dominican GM) and Alex’s brother all said he told them he was having surgery on Monday. I think the Yankees are delaying it a bit just to be safe and to try and swing a trade.

    He needs surgery, its just a question of when. This isn’t heat and ice on a sprained ankle.

  189. Ed H. March 5th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I noticed, listening to the audio of Cashman’s meeting with reporters that Pete posted, that there were two questions that Cashman didn’t answer. One question was about what grade the tear is now (how severe is the injury). The other question he ducked was whether the doctor recommended surgery now. (Cashman just reiterated that there are two options, but he didn’t say which one the doctor prefers.) These two pieces of information are pretty important, I’d say.

  190. randy l March 5th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    if surgery is necessary , do it right away. being decisive creates positive motion going forward. doubt and uncertainty postpone making good moves. the doubt creates problems for everyone else too. it gets contagious.

    i’m not a big believer in having scuffling injured players being around healthy players. it usually just creates a lot of negative energy. get arod fixed properly and remove him from the team as soon as possible so the team moves on emotionally.

    this may seem cold, but there is nothing worse than having an injured player always breaking down. some managers don’t want injured players around at all. it’s just a lot of negative energy.

  191. Jason in VT March 5th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Let’s not forget, if he has the surgery now, he wouldn’t be on the field when selena Roberts’ book comes out next month and maybe things would calm down for him and blow over by the time the all-star break rolls around and he take the field. I say do it and get it done with. You have to take care of the guy, he’s our “asset” for 9 more years!

  192. JJ March 5th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    AARON BOONE COME BACK TO US!!!!!!!

  193. josh March 5th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    why are people saying without arods homers, and all he does we are done. I guess ya’ll havent realized what we have won since arod joined the yankees…thats right none, not even a AL Championship. Maybe if you looked back to the late 90s we didnt have any HUGE homerun hitters, we had gritty team players. Adding chone figgans,(yes it would cost money, but hey were the yankees we have money) would help inprove our speed, fielding and he can be a very good backup when arod is healthy. plus with him damon and brett g, we would be lighting up the base paths

  194. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 5th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    “Agree completely Sean. Some people on here are drama queens however. Others are bordering on suicidal. I prefer to thing logically about things.”

    Not everyone who thinks he should have surgery are drama queens or suicidal, lol. I’ve certainly never been giving to overreacting in this comments section. I was ambivalent about it, until the medical facts came out. I’d like to think that I came a conclusion based on logic that if he needs surgery its better to have it now. Its just that logic brought me to a different conclusion – doesn’t make it irrational.

  195. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 5th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    *given not giving

  196. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 5th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    “…we had gritty team players.”

    I don’t know if there is a phrase out there more guaranteed to make me want to do a loud primal scream than this one, lol.

  197. CT March 5th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Best case scenario:

    Yanks are 10 games up by the All Star Break. Arod needs surgery. Yanks make a trade for a 3rd baseman. Yanks cruise into the playoffs. No media distraction because Arod’s not on the team. Yanks win the WS.

    Kidding…a little.

  198. zero March 5th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Brandon Inge will give you a few homeruns, but hes a .200 hitter and a career 84ops.
    He also somehow has gotten a reputation as being a top rate 3rd basemen, when in fact he was usually near the bottom. Detroit didnt go and get a replacement for him for no reason. Hes a .950ish fielding percentage guy.

  199. Hornblower March 5th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Celerino Sanchez

  200. Brian March 5th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    I think the way to go is surgury now and hopefully come back at the break. The last thing the Yankees need is arod trying to play thru this thing and making it worse or a chronic, recurring injury. The Yankees have alot of money tied up in Arod over a long, long time.

    I also agree with picking up Grudzilanek (sp). He was always a solid, professional hitter. He could fit well in the 7 or 8 hole.

  201. nyy March 5th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    If ARod doesn’t play the rest of the season that is 27.5 Mil invested in him this year. So, if Arod lose one more season after this in the next 8 years(which has a great chance since he will be 42 by then) then it is 27.5 mil more.

    Carl Pavano may not be the biggest Cashman signing after all. Great job Cash.

  202. C-SF March 6th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Chone Figgins!!!!! Spend the money, get this guy, put him in pinstripes and you won’t regret it. An electric player– infield, outfield, on the bases, at the plate. This is a win-win. Get A-Rod into surgery whenever- he can DH while Figgins plays 3B. And then Figgins in the outfield. It’s ALL GOOD!!! Please Brian Cashman, find a way to make this happen! A-Rod will rehab and find a great, epic second act that Americans so love… and New Yorkers will be happy to witness.

  203. beck March 6th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    PETE ROLEN is a no no,great player,but he has a shoulder problem,one slide into a base,and he’s toast. I seen him in St Louis AND *HE MISSED A LOT OF PLAY TIME HEALING.*

  204. JF March 6th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    If he does opt for surgery, I say let Dr. Kevorkian do it.

  205. Russell NY March 6th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Am I the only one who sees that if he gets surgery tomorrow he will be eligible to come back in early July (given the 4 month recovery time)?

    That gives him half the season to play healthy.

    If my facts are straight, u get Rolen and ARod will recover. Even without ARod we still have a competitive lineup with Tex. And our pitching is 100x better.

  206. Pat Stapleton March 6th, 2009 at 2:51 am

    I think it is dumb to try and play with the injury. They tried the same thing with Posada last season. He ended up having season ending surgery because he couldn’t play with the shoulder injury. I know that these are not the same injuries but the Yankees are approaching both of them in the same manner.

    A-Rod will have to have the surgery either now or in the off-season. There is no way around that.

    Just get it done now. Hopefully the Yankees can pick someone up via trade. Even if they cannot pick up a ‘productive’ player, I still think you have to do the surgery. Then July comes along and hopefully he will be able to produce for us.

    You have to look at the bigger picture in all of this. This is the 2nd year of a 10 yr contract. Don’t let this fester, get worse, and end up costing the Yankees for longer than it should. Just get the surgery done now and come back to us in July.

  207. Deano March 6th, 2009 at 7:26 am

    >>Did you ask the Orthopod about the long term degenerative effects on the hip, and whether this might lead to degenerative arthritis and need for a hip replacement in the future?<<

    ARod, call Dr. Rogerson in Madison, WI. Consider being the first bball player to have a hip resurfacing with the Birmingham Hip. You will be completely rehabbed in 6 months and never worry about your hip again.

  208. Tantron Willoughby March 6th, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Why didn’t the Yankee doctors see this injury b4 signing him? They must have conducted Xrays, MRI’s etc etc. Who knows what kind of player we will have in the future.

  209. DukeCT March 6th, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Tex originally played 3B. When he was with the Rangers, he volunteered to play OF. How about him at 3B with Swisher at 1B?

  210. Where's Dr.A? March 6th, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Toronto doesn’t need to get worse than they already are. It’s bad enough they lost their #2 starter to NY. They certainly are not going to trade Rolen within the division and especially to the Yankees!

    Suck it up fans: You knew deep down you weren’t going to do any better than 3rd place this upcoming year anyway. Although without Alex in the locker room for the better part of the year you might come in second….right behind the 2009 Al East Champs: The Sox…of course!

  211. David March 6th, 2009 at 10:08 am

    You’re absolutely right on this. He should have the surgery and get it over with. There are – as you noted – plenty of options in the meantime.

    It’s a shame the Yankees have such a moron for their GM. They should really figure that one out!

  212. chris March 6th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    My pick if he could be had would be Figgins. If things don’t go well in center with Gardner/Melky, he could move out there when A-Rod gets back… plus I’m sick of him beating us… Inge not a bad pick also.

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