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Alex Rodriguez says he’ll have hip surgery in mid-January

Dec 8, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

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We learned earlier this week that Alex Rodriguez needs left hip surgery to repair a torn labrum and bone impingement. Now we have a rough idea of when the surgery will take place.

According to the Associated Press, Rodriguez said this morning that he will have the surgery in “mid-January.” A-Rod made the comment at a breakfast he hosted for about 150 high school players who are competing in his annual Miami tournament. The question was actually asked by one of the players. The reason for the delay is that Rodriguez is trying to build up strength in the area prior to going under the knife.

It’s expected that Rodriguez will need 4-6 months of recovery time following surgery, so he could be out until at least June. And given that he’s 37 years old, it’s possible the rehab process could take longer. The Yankees have reportedly made a one-year, $12 million offer to free agent Kevin Youkilis in their efforts to land a stopgap option for third base.

Rodriguez is owed $114 million over the next five seasons, including $28 million for 2013.


  1. dcfan4life - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    So its December, the season has been over for months. He knew his hip was having problems in what, July. How is it this week we discover he need surgery and only now is he starting to build up strength for a mid January surgery? Does Arod really want to play baseball anymore? Do the Yankees even want him in their lineup? Because it sure seems to me like he is being handled as badly as possible, and it may be by his own design or the Yankees design to keep him off the field.

    • protius - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      I believe that Al’s contract is insured, i.e., if he can no longer play, then the insurance company pays off the balance of the contract, and the Yankees are off the hook.

    • pjmarn6 - Dec 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      My point of view is that Rodriguez doesn’t want to laid up during the holidays. He will get his money whether he plays or not. So if he manages to recuperate enough to help his team, which I doubt, he will have cost them over a month of his services. We all know it is bullshit that he has to recover his strength for the operation! Hell he is a professional athletic in tip top shape. He was physically fit to play in the pre world series games.

      Still the selfish egotistical, money hungry grubber he has always been. If he gave a damn about the game and his obligations to the team, management and fans he would go under the knife the day after he got the second opinion in order to have the quickest recovery to get back to the team that is paying him millions.

      • protius - Dec 9, 2012 at 9:42 PM

        Who is this “we” that you’re speaking for? You’re not speaking for me, so you must be begging the question. You assume that it’s bullshit that he has to pre-hab, prior to surgery. You know no such thing.

        Have you ever had any prolonged personal contact with Alex Rodriguez, i.e., have you spent a few weeks with the guy? If you haven’t, then how do you know that he’s selfish, egotistical, money hungry, etc, etc.? The fact is, that you don’t know any of those things with certainty, and if you don’t know any of those things with certainty, then you don’t have any special insights into Al’s personality. You only know what you see on TV.

        Why don’t you just admit that you’re a hater, and stop trying to justify yourself?

  2. randygnyc - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    They just discovered this hip problem 2 weeks ago. This isn’t the hip that he’s had previously repaired. In fact, during the playoffs, he underwent an MRI on the previously damaged hip because they believed that was the problem. It came back clean. No one suspected his good hip was the problem.

    It is also not uncommon to try to strengthen an are pre-op. the muscles will atrophy during recovery. This way, he will have an easier time rehabbing. I’m pretty sure the dr’s and medical care givers would prefer to wait until after the holidays, anyway.

    • ditto65 - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      I believe they call it “pre-hab”

    • badintent - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      He’ll be on a private jet to Germany for some Kobe “blood treatments” to speed recovery and then off to Dominican Republic for some “stem cell” treatment ( see B. Colon), then off to Washington State for some “medical MJ”. Those Air Miles gonna add up.

      • protius - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        And you’ll be off to your anus for a visual inspection of your large intestine. No air miles involved.

      • badintent - Dec 9, 2012 at 1:46 AM

        Your proctologist pulled your boyfriend’s dick out of your anus. You wish you had the Air miles to pay for it.

      • protius - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:28 AM

        Sorry, I’m heterosexual. I have a tall, slim, sexy girlfriend, with long, gorgeous legs.

        You must be thinking of your father. The HIV infected vagrant, who pan handles for blow jobs at the air port.

      • badintent - Dec 10, 2012 at 2:55 AM

        Didn ‘t know you were into shemales for shackmates. More power to ya, Holder on record for her.That was a great description of Obmam working at his next job as a porter at the airport. Must run in your family, eh ?

      • protius - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        Not only are you a douche bag, but you’re a douche bag with poor reading comprehension, and critical thinking skills.

        I said I’m heterosexual; conversely, I must not be homosexual. If I’m not homosexual, then why would I consort with a shemale? Are you really this stupid? The rest of your rant, is an incoherent Tourettes spasm.

        BTW: Your screen name is misleading, badbrains would be more accurate.

  3. Marty - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    You’d think the club would have a better handle on the health of their most costly investment.

  4. gibbyfan - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    AROD will certainly go downas one of the greatest to ever play the game but the aging process respects no one and is highly predictable. All probability dictates that his best years are by far in the past. Sad to see the Yanks on the hook for all that payroll and hard to fathom what they were thinking –Hope the Angles are paying attention because 3-4 years down the road we will likely see this story play out again with Albert.

    • pisano - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      gibbyfan…. it probably won’t be that long before the Angels will be kicking themselves also. If you hand out 10 year contracts, you’ll most likely eat the last few years, but it’s the owners greed that gets them in trouble by trying to out bid the other team.

      • gibbyfan - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        Oh I absolutely agree Pisano. I’m not sure whether it’s greed or ego or just a form of insanity but to me it skews the competitive balance to the detriment of the game. The AP contract just seemed absurd but you could nt blame AP for taking it, although all things considered you have to wonder whether or not he is kicking himself too. Cards offered huge $$ and he owned the city.
        But, I think you are right about LA kicking themselves sooner rather than later, in fact Albert is statistically already in decline and will be 33 next month.

  5. mazblast - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    A-Rod probably needed the doctors’ assurance that he’ll still be as pretty as the women he dates before agreeing to the surgery.

  6. pisano - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    I hope it’s a five year recovery.

  7. brandedthefirst - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Whowzee whowzee woo woo

  8. Gordon - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    He’ll get back on the PEDs to speed the recovery.

  9. jaybird22seven - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    He was only good while he was on the juice. Now the Yankees will be paying out lots of money for nothing !!! Have fun boys.

  10. cackalackyank - Dec 8, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    (OK get your thumbs down ready, boys and girls) Love the idea about the “pre-hab” but seriously folks 6 WEEKS! It’s great that Alex gets to enjoy his holidays and chillax and then only 1 month before spring training stars he’s going to have surgery. Shows a reall sense of urgency to his teamates that he can’t wait to get back in there and compete. …also if I am the rep from the insurance company I am watching this and thinking “Oh yes lets start writing up that 30 million check for A-fraud’s 2013 salary now.” It’s not like he’s agressively planning to get back sooner instead of later.

  11. thebigtim2012 - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Gibby. Arod might have gone down as one of the greatest players ever except for the fact he cheats and pulls bush league moves on the field. If not for his cheating he very well may have but we will never know

  12. lionsplayoffs - Dec 9, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    You’d think after A-Roid’s contract that owners would never offer players half that much again. Then today Grienke gets $25M per for 6. What in the world is Mr. Illitch going to have to pay Verlander? I’m scared.

  13. jaysjunkie - Dec 9, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    All of this looks so good this douce and the Yankees.

    • jaysjunkie - Dec 9, 2012 at 4:54 AM

      Uh, looks good on the “douche”, too.

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