An update on this morning’s Alex Rodriguez post. It turns out that he was actually playing through a re-tear in his hip which he will need surgery to repair and is going to miss the start of next season, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post and Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.
A-Rod actually had a MRI during the playoffs which revealed no damage, but after the hip stiffened up on him in the postseason he had another MRI which revealed a team the second time around. He needs to strengthen the hip before he can have surgery so it won’t be until January that he goes in for the procedure. He is expected to miss the start of the season and could be out until July as the recovery time is expected to be three to six months.
A-Rod, who still has five years left on his contract, initially tore the labrum in his hip after the 2008 season. He had it repaired with a minor surgery in order to get him ready for the 2009 season. The idea was that eventually he would have another surgery to fix it, but doctors said at the time that he healed so completely that further surgery was not necessary.
This makes a mess of things for the Yankees. It’s already tough enough to replace their catcher and right fielder and stay under $189 million budget goals for 2014. Now they are going to have to add a third baseman too as he might not be back until July and even then can he be trusted in the field. Especially considering Derek Jeter is recovering from a broken ankle they might not start the season with either of them and once they are back there will be no range on the left side of the infield.
A-Rod returned from a broken hand in the beginning of September last season and was hot right off the DL. Then suddenly A-Rod went cold and finished the season and the playoffs hitting just .198/.293/.209 in his final 22 games. He has five years and $113 million left on his contract.