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Positive signs after A-Rod’s hip surgery

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 18, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I realize that in this age of fake girlfriends and lying cyclists, it’s a terrible idea to make an assumption. That said, I’m willing to give Dr. Bryan Kelly the benefit of the doubt.

He’s a hip specialist at a highly respected hospital where some of the most highly paid athletes in the world have trusted him with their careers. You can find his resume easily enough, and it’s legitimately overwhelming.

Basically, I’m willing to believe that Dr. Kelly can reshape a femur and reattach a labrum.

But when Alex Rodriguez went in for surgery this week, not everything was in Dr. Kelly’s hands, and as he explained earlier this month, the success or failure of Rodriguez’s recovery is going to hinge partially on the damage to his cartilage, which can’t be fixed or replaced.

Now there are two reports saying the same thing: Dr. Kelly did his job just fine, and Rodriguez’s knee just might live up to its part of the bargain as well. Both the New York Post and New York Daily News have quoted sources saying there was even less cartilage damage than Dr. Kelly anticipated.

“One thing is certain,” Dr. Kelly said before the surgery. “The less permanent damage you have to the cartilage, the greater the probability is for return to pre-injury level of play.”

So that’s a bit of good news to consider for the next six months while Rodriguez goes through the long rehab process.

Photo from Rodriguez’s Facebook page

 
 

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52 Responses to “Positive signs after A-Rod’s hip surgery”

  1. andrewmelillo January 18th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Im happy the way the yankees look good starting pitching an reliever good mix with speed an power

  2. Rich in NJ January 18th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    It must suck for A-Rod to have to endure such relative squalor in living arrangements…

    Get well soon, dude. We need you.

  3. RobertGKramer@AOL.Com January 18th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    knee?

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 18th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    repost:

    randy, my opinion is that you are either being disingenuous or you have forgotten exactly what you said. You were clear on the fact that Pineda did not have a change up, period.

    Also, I ask you baseball questions based on what you say on these boards. I don’t look at you and your opinions differently from the way I look at any other poster here. So I am not looking for expertise when I pose questions to you any more than I look from it from anyone else!

    Yes I have accused you of being a fraud in the past because I think you do far too much namedropping. That kind of thing always makes me queasy. Others may love it. Also you do far too much yapping about how only people who have played the game can know it, or words to that effect. I’d say that a huge portion of Yankee Stadium would disagree with you vociferously.

    ****************

    Shame, it may very well be they are comfortable with Montero behind the plate and it may turn out that he is one hell of a catcher before all is said and done. It also might be that they value his offensive potential so much and are so in need of that offense that they are willing to let him do what the stats have shown to date (I believe I am correct in stating this) and that is that he hits much better when he is catching than as a DH. Of course if that is an incorrect statement, that this argument on its head. :)

  5. jacksquat January 18th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    omg, they operated on his knee instead of his hip, you idiots!

    ;)

  6. MTU January 18th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Kramer-

    Typo by Chad.

    ;)

  7. Bo knows January 18th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    omg, they operated on his knee instead of his hip, you idiots!

    ———————
    The good news is, that for future ref the knee is fine.

  8. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    repost:

    Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    trisha – It’s totally possible and I have no idea… but I do know this topic wouldn’t even be coming up if we had an average catcher on both sides of the ball.

    I’m just not happy with a back up catcher, a AAA guy who didn’t play last year, and Cervelli as our options.

    I’m hoping somehow Cervelli and Romine tandem to create decent production, but I can’t imagine any tandem with Cervelli is going to give you above average defense.

    Signing Jaso would have been a great bridge move… you could see what you have with Romine and give him more time to develop.

  9. Rich in NJ January 18th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I noticed the typo, but I look at it like this: let s/he who is without typos, cast the first correction.

  10. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    repost again:

    Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Is this mick’s twitter account??

    @MikeFrancesaNY

    Is this a tweetuh thing? I dont like twittuh things foah da most paht. Im not big on tweetuh as a sawse, ok.

  11. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    jacksquat January 18th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    omg, they operated on his knee instead of his hip, you idiots!

    ;)

    ————–

    Speaking of medical mishaps, I read a story the other day about a c@ncer patient who had their doctors leave 13 different medical odds and ends inside them after surgery.

  12. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 18th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Shame – Jaso sure would have been nice, I don’t disagree.

    Well I think randy would agree that I have more than used up my quota of posts for the day!

    Everyone have a great rest of the day. Going to see Argo tonight. Will report back! (little rhody – only one theatre showing it, only one paying time – 10:00 p.m. grrr!)

  13. Bo knows January 18th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Shame

    I did like your hyperbolic chamber – especially on here with Randy proselytizing.

    Should have brought the house down.

    Forgive them Shame, for they know not

  14. Jerkface January 18th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Speaking of medical mishaps, I read a story the other day about a c@ncer patient who had their doctors leave 13 different medical odds and ends inside them after surgery.

    One just left the tip.

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 18th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    that should have been one playing time, though one paying time is also accurate!

    :)

  16. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    “Well I think randy would agree that I have more than used up my quota of posts for the day!”

    if you didn’t, i did :)

  17. yankeefeminista January 18th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Jaso is a poor defensive catcher. Seattle dealt Jaso because they didn’t want to play him there. They’ll now go out and get a defensive catcher to add to the mix and mentor Montero. I doubt Zunino will be rushed.

    As for the Yanks, unless they were going to play Jaso at DH, they would not have been interested in dealing for a defensively deficient catcher like Jaso. Jaso would have no position on the Yankees; as the Yankees have told us, DH is not a position and we have to save the DH anyway as a resting spot for our older players. Youk too may need that spot. Plus, I doubt Cash would want to trade an AJ Cole comp plus two others for Jaso. So, while Jaso would have been a useful addition, the Yankees, like Seattle, likely saw Jaso as a player without a position, therefore, a player with diminished value. And after all, we have Stewie. :)

    Get well soon, Alex!

  18. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Bo knows January 18th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Shame

    I did like your hyperbolic chamber – especially on here with Randy proselytizing.

    Should have brought the house down.

    Forgive them Shame, for they know not

    ———————–

    blake gets all the credit for that one, Bo. He coined the phrase at some point this week and I’m pretty sure it’ll be a part of the LoHud lexicon for years to come.

  19. Rich in NJ January 18th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    “As for the Yanks, unless they were going to play Jaso at DH…”

    Ouch!

  20. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Jerkface January 18th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Speaking of medical mishaps, I read a story the other day about a c@ncer patient who had their doctors leave 13 different medical odds and ends inside them after surgery.

    One just left the tip.

    —————-

    :lol:

  21. Bo knows January 18th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    It’s like I quoted Miles Naismith and no one twigged.

  22. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I wish we could get the Family Guy version of Stewie to be our catcher for realsies.

  23. Bo knows January 18th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    blake gets all the credit for that one, Bo. He coined the phrase at some point this week and I’m pretty sure it’ll be a part of the LoHud lexicon for years to come.

    —————
    To coin a phrase “Day late and…

  24. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    If we had an above average defender behind the plate right now I’d be more comfortable. Is Stewie considered above average defensively?

    I know Romine was touted as the defensive C in our system, but he’s gonna have a lot of pressure on him to learn a whole new staff, adjust to big league pitching, and big league runners.

    Defensively, are we looking at: Cervelli < Stewart < Romine or Cervelli < Romine < Stewart?

    I didn't think Stewie was all that impressive behind the plate last year but I probably also don't possess baseball eyes ;)

  25. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    catcher and pitchers report in in 3 1/2 weeks.

    when was the last time yankee catching was this bad ?

    i had to go back to 1991 with bob geren starting.

    a quick look, pre 1996 had stanley and he mashed.
    same with nokes before him.

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 18th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Didn’t realize Jaso was defensively challenged!

    I take it back then.

    :)

  27. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    “I didn’t think Stewie was all that impressive behind the plate last year but I probably also don’t possess baseball eyes”

    haha very funny :)

    stewart looks fine to me defensively . he’s clearly a professional.

    his problem is that i’m a better hitter than him, and i’m 63.
    plus i hit left handed.
    i’d be way more useful.

  28. Nick in SF January 18th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    “Despite randy’s poor bedside manner…”

    One thing I’ve learned here over the past year is that poor bedside manner is tolerated here under certain circumstances. And speaking of poor bedside manner, I’ll show myself a yellow card for forgetting Stoneburner, Return of Stoneburner, and Stoneburner’s Revenge when I was listing those who could plausibly be referred to as “Montero Haters”. He goes to the top of the list.

    “…I still agree with him that moving both Olivio and Jaso means they feel comfortable with Montero behind the dish for most of the year. It certainly looks like a vote of confidence or at least seems like they’re confident in what they have with both Montero and Zunino behind him on the depth chart.”

    Most likely so. We’ll see what else happens, but Occam’s Razor suggests that when there are three catchers on the roster and the end of season A and then let one leave and trade the second before season B, they must be at least somewhat comfortable with letting that third catcher do some catching.

    They’re going to get someone else, but now I too would be surprised if Montero isn’t getting the bulk of the catching when the season starts. But I’ve been surprised at every twist of this saga thus far. After all, we seem to all agree that the Mariners are nuts and nothing they do makes much. I mean, almost nothing.

  29. Rich in NJ January 18th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    “his problem is that i’m a better hitter than him, and i’m 63.”

    There is a problem equally as big: He is entering his age 31 season and has never had more than 183 PA. That speaks volumes about his worth.

  30. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    on jaso:

    “Love the guy,” Datz said. “Quiet leader, gets the job done back there, nothing special, nothing fancy, he’s a grinder. Calls a good game, guys like throwing to him. He doesn’t throw real well, gets the ball in the air and is accurate, but receives and blocks well. Guys like throwing to him. He’s a quiet leader and obviously did a terrific job for us on the offensive side.”

    http://mynorthwest.com/374/217.....ch-in-2013

  31. ericns1 January 18th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Have a good season A-Rod and then retire to your mansion and your millions.

  32. blake January 18th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    ” I’ll show myself a yellow card for forgetting Stoneburner, Return of Stoneburner, and Stoneburner’s Revenge”

    This sounds like an 80s horror trilogy

  33. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    no opinion on jaso catching.

    have no recollection of seeing him catch.

    he hit the crap out of the ball at safeco though.

  34. blake January 18th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Posey got 8 million…..our catchers combined only make 1 million. Efficiency baby!

  35. blake January 18th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Jaso can predictably stop the ball from hitting the back stop or the umpire…..good defender

  36. yankeefeminista January 18th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    blake January 18th, 2013 at 4:57 pm
    Posey got 8 million…..our catchers combined only make 1 million. Efficiency baby!
    ___
    D is the key, and D is cheaper, baby!

  37. Rich in NJ January 18th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    “Guys like throwing to him. He’s a quiet leader and obviously did a terrific job for us on the offensive side.”

    Yankee catchers are no longer permitted to hit well. Now that Martin has escaped NY, he will return to being Thurman Munson.

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 18th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Shame, don’t know if you’d remember Christopher Cross but I just thought of the lyrics to one of his songs. This is truly how I feel about our 2013 season and what will become of the catcher situation:

    I know, I know what’s on your mind
    And I know it gets tough sometimes
    But you can give it one more try
    Find a reason why
    You should pick it up
    And try it again

    ‘Cause it’s all right
    I think we’re gonna make it
    I think it might just work out this time
    It’s all right
    I think we’re gonna make it
    I think it might work out fine this time
    It’s all right
    I think we’re gonna make it
    I think it might just work out
    ‘Cause it’s not too late for that
    Too late for me

    And speaking of too late for me, one of my friends just happened to glance at the movie we’re going to and found it was moved to 6:55 p.m! Just today! We would have loligagged all night and gotten there just in time to find out there as no movie!

    :)

    A Dios

  39. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I bet people will be pouring into NYS to watch Stewie frame pitches. Then, to watch him ground to third. Beautiful.

  40. Nick in SF January 18th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    “This sounds like an 80s horror trilogy”

    We’re lucky he didn’t come back and kill us all on January 13.

  41. blake January 18th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I have watched Charlie and the Chocolate factory 3 times today

  42. Rich in NJ January 18th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    “I bet people will be pouring into NYS to watch Stewie frame pitches. Then, to watch him ground to third. Beautiful.”

    That will get him a lot of ass pats, which matter to those that understand the finer points of the game.

  43. blake January 18th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    “We’re lucky he didn’t come back and kill us all on January 13.”

    Obviously there would need to be a Stoneburner X or Stoneburner vs Freddy or Stoneburner Forever or something 10 years later to reboot the franchise

  44. Bo knows January 18th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    blake

    Kudos on the hyperbolic chamber. Shame set me straight on the author.

    Snicker worth, listening to Randy.

  45. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    “D is the key, and D is cheaper, baby!”

    yankeefeminista-

    on a serious note, ever since PEDS have been banned, the stolen base has become more valued as have other small ball skills . catchers need to throw well in today’s game. the catcher is the defensive quarterback and it takes a lot of catcher ‘s intelligence to stay in the present with everything going on.

    i would prefer two catchers on a team who played fairly equally but one was a defensive specialist and one an offensive specialist. the manager would mix and match depending on the opposition.
    i’d also like to see a third catcher who played first and third or outfield corner positions.a guy like leyritz. this would allow manager flexibility with replacing catchers in mid game.

  46. blake January 18th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Bo,

    :)

  47. Bo knows January 18th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Verbiage, verbiage – I like me jacket – Door slam – silence.

  48. J. Alfred Prufrock January 18th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    “This sounds like an 80s horror trilogy”

    We’re lucky he didn’t come back and kill us all on January 13.
    ////

    Sure, but there will Never Be Another Mo, will there?

  49. Yankee Trader January 18th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    “I bet people will be pouring into NYS to watch Stewie frame pitches. Then, to watch him ground to third. Beautiful.”
    —————
    Ground to third? Would that be on his throws to third after Jose Reyes steals third standing up?

  50. J. Alfred Prufrock January 18th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    You forgot Bret the Hitman’s obsessive antipathy for Montero, but I guess he’s traded in his wild boar for Burger King, suppressed his jones for Melky and is now spending his time writing up pink slips for the Men in Blue.

  51. yankeefeminista January 18th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Rich, 30+ ass pats for those 30+ runs our dynamic duo saved. Unfortunately, Big John didn’t make Mike Fast’s pitch framing cut off, so Cash just wasn’t interested. But he said we have placeholders until the big boys arrive.

    Randy, I don’t disagree. I like catcher D, and D generally and am happy to have a duo like we have had in the past with a Posada/Molina, etc. But the new all D and no O catcher, I am not a fan of. Especially when I don’t really value the metrics, and prefer a more circular lineup. How are the framing proponents measuring runs saved without considering the offensive side of the catcher’s game (runs created)? And Jorge’s arm was pretty damn good once for those who were paying attention. I used to read Lohud long before I joined, and I recall people wanting the future HOF’er to sit and be replaced by Cervelli. LOL.

  52. J. Alfred Prufrock January 18th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Verbiage is in the eye of the beholder.

    I prefer a good story to verbiage about what a tough start in his professional life Brian Cashman had fetching George’s coffee for him.

    Charlie Casserly had a similar start to becoming an executive, and wasn’t nearly as lucky.


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