Alex Rodriguez was on hand for today’s press conference to announce Curtis Granderson, but after all the formalities were finished Arod spoke with the press and announced that he would not need a second surgery that was originally expected last April.
When they found out a year ago that Arod would need surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip the Yankees feared what their lineup might look like without their slugger for most of the season. So instead of having major surgery that would have knocked him out for months, Arod opted for a less evasive surgery. The idea was that he would only have to miss six weeks but that it would get him through the season with the expectation that he would have to go under the knife again this offseason.
As the season went on Arod appeared to be recovering quite well from the initial surgery, Dr. Marc Philippon, who performed the surgery, said he believed that it was possible to avoid a second surgery. Today we got the final word that recent MRI’s have come out clean and they believe he resume workouts as usual and will go into this season strong.
This is great news for the Yankees as the surgery was actually scheduled for this morning and, as with any surgery, there is no guarantee that he would have been ready for spring training in mid-February. Not having to worry about a major piece of your lineup is always good news. It also bodes well for the rest of his career.