Alex Rodriguez finally had surgery to repair his hip earlier this month and is expected back sometime in mid-July. However, Yankees GM Brian Cashman notes that there is a chance that he doesn’t come back at all.
“Yeah,” Cashman told Sweeny Murti of WFAN when asked if there was a chance he wouldn’t come back. “I think because (of) the serious nature of the surgery and the condition that he’s trying to recover from, you know, there is that chance.”
A-Rod had similar hip surgery back in 2009 and only needed a few short months to come back. However, this surgery was much more in depth and also involved a bone impingement and a cyst. The fact that it’s also his second hip surgery also complicates things as it the hip is never properly reset.
That’s why the Yankees were so aggressive (maybe aggressive isn’t the right word, but they did low-ball every available third baseman) when they signed Kevin Youkilis. Not only is A-Rod going to have to spend the bulk of his time at DH when he returns, but there is a real chance that he doesn’t return at all. It’s good to see that Cashman realizes this so that the Yankees could plan for the possibility. Now I wish he would go out and get a real DH.