Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Alex Rodriguez’s doctor said last night that he is “hoping” A-Rod will be able to return to the Yankees after the All-Star break following left hip surgery that has been scheduled for next Wednesday. The date was announced last night.
Dr. Bryan Kelly, the co-director of the Center for Hip Pain and Preservation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and the lead surgeon for Rodriguez, said the typical return-to-play time after surgery of this nature is six months.
The All-Star break begins July 15.
“Optimistically speaking, what we’re hoping for is him to be able to return after the All-Star break,” Kelly said in a conference call. “It’d be great if he returns faster. It’s possible that it would take longer.”
Rodriguez, 37, needs a two-hour surgery to repair a torn labrum, a bony impingement in the hip and cartilage damage, Kelly said. It is the unknown extent of the cartilage damage that is the wild card in the surgery, according to Kelly, and ultimately will determine how quickly A-Rod makes it back.
Reading this makes me think there’s a chance Rodriguez misses the whole season.
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