This afternoon, Alex Rodriguez addressed and partially explained his medical procedures that took place in Germany this offseason. Basically, a doctor injected Rodriugez’s own blood into his sore right knee. Rodriguez got one injection a day for five days. How it all works is scientific stuff that I can’t pretend to understand, but Rodriguez heard about it from a source he trusted, and he said he’s happy with the results. He had the same proceedure in his left shoulder, which he said was “an issue” at the end of last season.
“Just a simple dinner with Kobe – Kobe Bryant, from the Lakers,” Rodriguez said, explaining how the idea came up. “He was really adamant about how great the procedure was for him. I know that he was hurting before, almost even thinking about retirement, that’s how much pain he was under. And then he said after he went to Germany and saw Dr. Peters, he felt like a 27-year-old again. He was able to go out there and do his 4-40’s, squat north of 350, and doing all type of things.
“I was still a little apprehensive about it and he kept staying on me about it. I had several other people tell me that they went to Germany and really had great results. That point, I reached out to the heads of the Yankees front office, ran the idea by them. They did their due diligence for several weeks. They gave me the thumbs up, and I was on a plane to Germany. I feel pretty good. If I can play as well as Kobe, we’re in business.”
The results were almost instant, Rodriguez said.
“After the third day it felt pretty darn good,” he said. “Kobe said that after the third or fourth day you’re going to start feeling a lot better. He was exactly right. After the third day, I remember going to the soccer facility over there and having a great workout. And he said, take your trainer, because after the injections you’re going to have a window where you feel good and you’ll be able to train well. So I did, and it worked out well.”
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