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Yankees announce 4-6 month recovery timetable for Alex Rodriguez

Dec 3, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

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Making official what was reported this morning, the Yankees announced that Alex Rodriguez will undergo left hip surgery to repair a torn labrum and bone impingement.

His recovery timetable is expected to be 4-6 months and because the surgery is being delayed until January in order for Rodriguez to build up the necessary strength that means he’s unlikely to be in the Yankees’ lineup until at least June. And obviously at age 37 his entire season is now in some doubt.

Rodriguez played through the torn hip labrum during the regular season and reportedly needed painkillers in the playoffs, spending at least one night in the hospital. Here’s more from the Yankees’ press release:

The injury was discovered after the conclusion of the season during Rodriguez’s regularly scheduled annual November physical evaluation with Dr. Marc Philippon. The diagnosis was confirmed after the Yankees sought the second opinion of Dr. Bryan Kelly. Both doctors believe that there is a very strong possibility that Rodriguez’s hip condition may have had a negative effect on his performance during the latter stages of the season and the playoffs.

He’s owed $28 million in 2013 as part of a contract that will pay him a total of $114 million for the next five years.

  1. bostonboy82 - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    and the good news keeps coming….I love the money tied up on this clown.

    • ghirdorah - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Please, please, just pay him off already and be done with it…

  2. mrfloydpink - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Are you sure it’s not a torn labium?

    • badintent - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      Yes it’s the labium minus, you knew already with Alex it would not be the superior.
      Glad I bought 2 frozen turkeys for Thanksgiving. I’m cooking the extra one, naming it A-less and sticking my Texas Barbeque Fork ( the biggest one I own) in it to say officially,” A-less , you are done.” The I’ll donate it to t he REd Cross voluteetes that helped NY and Jersey with Sandy. Bravo.
      A-Rod . say hi to all your fellow cheaters Dominicans, Raffa, Man Ram, Sammy, at the nursing home.Tu tienes un diaper muy grande para cajones enfermo. ! Claro que si ?”

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    On a positive note, the Yankees should not have to pay him any extra for hitting those bonus triggers.

  4. Jeremy T - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    This really puts his benching in favor of Ibanez in a new light, no? Now instead of it being a manager relying on small sample sizes and a lack of “clutch”, it’s merely an injury replacement.

  5. roverkarlthecannedham - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    This is quite a blow. Alex has been good for a very long time. He is 37 and a long career of well above average SS, 3B and HOF hitting have taken a toll. I know it is popular to hate Rodriguez and love Jeter, even in New York, but it would not be wrong to admire both players equally. Alex has had something of a tin ear when it comes to the press and public perceptions but over all has been a relatively good Yankee in terms of staying out of trouble and showing up to play and he has played very, very well when healthy. Derek Jeter manages the press deftly and I think most admire him for his skill at this, yet there is little difference in the two gentlemen when we speak of long HOF careers, being a good citizen, and the never ending pursuit of women. Both gentlemen played the post season injured, did relatively little, and both required off season surgery. Yet it is Alex Rodriguez who will be vilified while Mr. Jeter gets little more than a swiftly corrected post about his girth. Now who am I to criticize the perception of others? After all I am but a pressed pork with glasses. Still, I think this is wrong.

    Good luck, Mr. Rodriguez. Get well soon and come back when you are ready. Then show them who’s the better player.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      Jeter must have tinned honey-baked in his basket…

      • roverkarlthecannedham - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        Bone in, of course.

  6. brent05cards - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Love it!

  7. samurai3939 - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Canned ham. There is a huge difference. One of them thought he was the 225 million dollar man, and one them does
    Not. One of them can stay on the field,one can’t. One took steroids. One didn’t

    • nategearhart - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      No, the Yankees thought only one of them was worth $225 million. What exactly would Arod have done if the Yankees said “no”? You seem to be implying that Jeter is some sort of selfless saint for taking less-than-Arod money from the Yankees. Well, they both got as much as they could out of the Yankees, which in both cases was far and away more than they were going to get from anyone else. Was it Arod’s fault that when he asked for what he did, the Yankees actually gave it to him?
      Also, how do you know Jeter didn’t use?

    • roverkarlthecannedham - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      THIS is my reply to you, good sir:

      http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6713507/derek-jeter-dl-diary

  8. southpaw2k - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Get your popcorn ready, kids. We got five more years of watching A-Rod break down right in front of our eyes. This is gonna just get more and more entertaining as time rolls along.

  9. unlost1 - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    THE DISCOVERY OF THE INJURY COINCIDED WITH THE RUMORS OF HIM BEING TRADED TO MIAMI (before they decided on the fire sale).

  10. joshftw - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Worst. Contract. EVER!

  11. jaybird22seven - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Who cares about this goof !!! Better yet who is going to care about the Yankees this Year ? Nobody !!!

    • Jeremy T - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      regardless of your preferences, and regardless of the actual product on the field, there will always be people paying attention to the Yankees

    • badintent - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:53 PM

      Ah, busted ! A Boston transplant in Jay town.Start drinking heavy, support the Kennedys. Go pppppppppppppppark ya caaaaaaar. .Bobby Valentine still loves your $$ for another year.

      This message has been approved by the Rogers family, the cheap billionaires that own the Jays.Man Ram will open a supplement store chain with A-Rod-less called “.Go with EPO ” Lance Armstrong will be their spokesman

  12. samurai3939 - Dec 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    That link was beyond worthless. Get a clue.

  13. keepyerstickontheice - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Oh no! Who are we going to get to replace his complete lack of production in the playoffs? Maybe bench him like Vick for the remainder of the season, “out of concern for his health and safety”. Or hide his purse before games.

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