It seems Alex Rodriguez – with permission from both the Yankees and Major League Baseball – traveled to Dusseldorf Germany to undergo an experimental treatment called Orthokine on his right knee and left shoulder. Wait, his shoulder? What happened to his shoulder?
GM Brian Cashman said the Yankees researched the therapy before allowing Rodriguez to go through with it.
“The more our doctor [Chris Ahmad] researched on it, the more impressed he was with the reputation” of Peter Wehling, the doctor who administered the therapy, Cashman said in a conference call. “Alex is our biggest investment. We allowed him to go the extra mile.”
Cashman told reporters on a conference call that Kobe Bryant is the one who recommended the treatment to A-Rod. A-Rod was in Dusseldorf, Germany, from Dec. 5 through Dec. 9 for the therapy. PGA stars Fred Couples and Vijay Singh have both undergone Orthokine therapy.
According to the Dr. Wehling’s website a protective protein is produced from the patient’s own blood by a special technique, and injected it into the affected joint.
Rodriguez is expected to be at full strength when Spring Training starts in February.