So I woke up this morning and did what I always do: I picked up my phone and checked Twitter. I know, it’s an addiction and I can’t help myself.
Anyway, I woke a little later than usual and the first thing I saw was “A-Rod”, “hip”, “surgery” and then I screamed out an expletive as I sat up. Don’t worry the only living creature who heard me was my cat Henry who was disturbed out of a nice long slumber by the sudden movement of my feet.
Once I drank some coffee and got the full story, I screamed out more expletives because I thought back to the playoffs and all of the stuff that Rodriguez went through, like his being blamed for the entire team not hitting and became angry all over again on his behalf.
Alex Rodriguez took so much crap from everybody: the fans, the media, etc. And he was never nasty, he just stood there, answered questions and he supported his teammates in the dugout when he couldn’t play.
So the story is that he has a tear in the other hip, not the right one that was surgically repaired in 2009 and that this injury is a little worse and therefore the recovery time is longer.
The news shook me up so badly I ended up passing out for a few hours. After I woke up from my nap, hoping that the morning was just an awful dream, I caught up on some stuff.
Apparently, a press conference was held and Yankees GM Brian Cashman answered some questions. He said that Rodriguez thought something was off and told manager Joe Girardi as much during the infamous “Ibanez pinch hits for A-Rod” game against Baltimore. So they quietly, without telling the media, had Rodriguez’s right hip checked out during the playoffs and nothing was found. It was clean. Of course, they didn’t think to check his other hip because it wasn’t bothering him – I believe the word you’re looking for is asymptomatic.
Then in a routine checkup by the hip doctor in Colorado revealed a labrum tear in the other hip along with some tendon irritation. They’re also saying because the severity in his left hip is a little more – due to the added bonus of the tendon irritation – than the injury he had in the other hip, it could be a 4-6 month recovery and that Rodriguez won’t have the surgery until January because he needs 4-6 weeks of “prehab” to strengthen his hip.
This means that best case scenario, the earliest we’ll see A-Rod playing is May and worst case could be as late as July.
In a year when the Yankees weren’t losing their starting catcher and starting right fielder to free agency, this wouldn’t be that big of a deal but now with the Yankees on this payroll reduction plan, the timing of this injury couldn’t be any worse.
Someone wake me up in April. I’m going to hibernate because I can’t handle anymore bad news.