There were no complications with Alex Rodriguez‘s hip surgery yesterday and Dr. Bryan Kelly said that he expects his recovery time to take about six months.
“I like to tell people six months is a reasonable time frame for return to play when we’re doing the procedure we’re discussing with a bone correction,” Dr. Kelly said in a conference call with reporters. “Optimistically speaking, what we’re hoping for is for him to be able to return after the All-Star break.”
I’ll take it because before the surgery Dr. Kelly was talking about the possibility that he might not play at all in 2013. He said that only once they began operating would they know the true extent of the damage and be able to give a realistic time table.
So now the Yankees just have to make it to the All-Star break. They have Kevin Youkilis as their third baseman until then (and probably after that as well). They don’t have a DH though. They missed out on Mike Morse, haven’t made progress in two months with Scott Hairston, and lost out on Raul Ibanez to Seattle. But they’ll need to find somebody to hold down the fort for A-Rod until he comes back. Right now their DH is probably Eduardo Nunez.
In other injury news, Derek Jeter has been cleared to resume baseball activities. He definitely sounds like he’ll be back by Opening Day too as he isn’t even actually planning on actually resuming baseball activities for another week which is his normal schedule.
“I’ve got the OK to start,” Jeter told the Associated Press. “But I don’t start until next week or the week after, anyway. In terms of baseball activity, I’m right where I need to be.”