It was surprising too because doctors don’t usually open up that way with reporters with doctor-patient confidentiality agreements and all. It turns out that A-Rod told him to talk with reporters, but it certainly took the Yankees by surprise still.
“Kelly was clearly lured in by Alex, who told (Kelly) to talk,” a source told Christian Red of the NY Daily News.
Red also spoke with another doctor who denied Kelly’s outright claims that there is no chance that steroids potentially caused the injury.
Dr. Lewis Maharam, a former president of the New York chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, was so emphatic that the effect of steroids couldn’t be ruled out that it now sounds as if A-Rod’s doctor was only talking to the press to try to make A-Rod look good.
“I don’t understand how Dr. Kelly can be absolute that steroids didn’t cause the injury,” Maharam told the News. “I think without seeing (Rodriguez), that is likely, given his admission of steroid use – that steroid/HGH use caused the hip lesions due the increased strength they produced in surrounding muscle tissues that naturally increase the torque on the hip joint.”
The Yankees were surprised by A-Rod’s hip doctor’s talking, but they haven’t let on if they’re upset. They might be, since this gives their competition a better understanding of what they’re dealing with, but Brian Cashman refused to comment when the News called with follow up questions to Kelly’s remarks.
A-Rod still has no date scheduled for when he will have hip surgery. It was supposed to be this month, but Kelly said it could still be 2-4 weeks away since there is still inflammation in the hip. That could push A-Rod’s timetable for a return, initially thought to be June or July, back. Kelly actually even left open the possibility that A-Rod may never play baseball again.