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A-Rod’s doctor is surprised he could even play in the playoffs

Jan 8, 2013, 8:27 AM EDT

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post has an exclusive interview with the doctor who will perform hip surgery on Alex Rodriguez. A couple of interesting nuggets:

  • The injury had “zero to do with steroids,” which is what a lot of people assume when it comes to hip injuries and ballplayers;
  • The injury was so severe that A-Rod’s hip totally shut down, and the doctor was surprised he was able to play at all, let alone play productively, in the playoffs.
  • The doctor believes that A-Rod will, assuming all goes well with surgery and recovery, return shortly after the All-Star break.

This is all pretty interesting. What is more interesting to me, however, is that given how severe this injury is being described, why on Earth did the Yankees allow A-Rod to dangle like they did during the playoffs, going through the whole bit with the benching and never once saying that, hey, their third baseman had an extremely serious injury.

Instead: they let the media run the bus over him, stop, back it up, and run him over a few more times.  It’s baffling.

  1. shoehole - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Who made the decision to have the operation in mid January and not October.
    He will lose some valuable playing time while healing.

    • lordd99 - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      Over time they’ve discovered that doing prehab strengthening exercises around the injury speeds recovery and most importantly success. He’ll be back quicker.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      prehab,he has to build up strength before the operation.

      say what ever you want about A-Rod, he never complains about injury.
      he always plays hard.

  2. stex52 - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    I have to agree. Any observer – fan of the Yankees or not – could see he wasn’t right. Why didn’t the Yankees say something? ARod is a big boy, and to a large extent he has made his own bed, but I don’t know why he was treated like that from a PR point of view. I guess it’s all that money they know they still owe him just pisses somebody in that organization off.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      Maybe they figured A-Rod at 10% was better than Ramiro Pena at 100%?

  3. lordd99 - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Craig, he wasn’t diagnosed until November. They initially were looking at the other hip but so no injury. They weren’t misleading. They just didn’t know.

  4. thebigtim2012 - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    When was he productive in the playoffs. This dr should stick to doctoring cause if memory serves he was benched for his lack of production

    • lazlosother - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      That wasn’t what the doctor meant. He was surprised A-Rod could play at all, let alone play productively – matched with his other comments in the article, he’s saying it’s a given that he couldn’t play productively.

    • stex52 - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      You missed a couple of words in the article. The doctor said what you said.

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      I think the Dr. meant he was surprised Arod could still score some chick’s #, since his hip was so bad it was hard to walk to the front row seats and flirt during the game. But Arod showed he could ‘play’ with pain, gutted it out, and moseyed over to flirt during the game with gritted teeth, proving to be a gamer despite the pain.

  5. phisticuffs - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    The team didn’t support him because it wasn’t a true Yankee injury.

    • number42is1 - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      you better watch out.. snarkiness can get you in trouble on this site

  6. onbucky96 - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Did his doctor not see the playoffs? That wasn’t playing, that was about being seen and gettin paid.

    • cackalackyank - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      He gets paid regardless.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    He’s apparently been dealing with that issue for most of his career when the playoffs roll around then. Maybe its seasonal.

  8. raysfan1 - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    @tf–suggest you look up his career postseason stats and compare them to those of Jeter. You’ll find their success rates very similar.

    • Alex K - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      It’s obviously because he is History’s Greatest Monster.

      • anxovies - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        He is… He truly is.

    • louhudson23 - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      I agree with your general statement regarding A-rods actual playoff numbers,but I can’t see comparing them to Jeter’s,whose performance comes with a larger sample size and he has simply done it longer,for more games…….

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      I don’t care…..I’m using commonly held beliefs to make jokes about a douchebag. Whether the belief is valid or not is irrelevant.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Broke down and looked it up….and a couple points….first, Jeter’s .838 postseason OPS is pretty impressive considering his regular season OPS is .829 vs Rodriguez’s .833 postseason OPS (worse than Jeter’s) vs his .945 regular season OPS.

      So yes, in the playoffs Jeter and A-Rod are basically the same hitter…..which is actually a terrible thing for Rodriguez who is a much much much more talented hitter. His postseason overalls may look reasonable, but it’s only because he has had a few INCREDIBLE series and more than a few HORRIFIC ones. 4 incredible ones (over 1.000 OPS), 1 really good one (.973 which is better than his average production) and 3 subpar ones (in the .800s, below his average)….and then EIGHT series where his HIGHEST OPS is .635!

      How can you POSSIBLE argue the guy is decent in the postseason?

      To put it into a little more perspective….you go into the season expecting Frank Thomas, and actually get John Kruk. Still a fine player. But not what you paid for.

      • anxovies - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        ARod was 36 at the beginning of last year. At 36 years old Frank thomas hit .270/18HR/49RBI. The next year was even less productive.

  9. deathmonkey41 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Leave A-Rod’s doctor alone!!!

  10. hushbrother - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    I hate to say it, but it’s to A-Rod’s credit that he didn’t make excuses. He certainly could have.

  11. jolink653 - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    The injury was so severe that A-Rod’s hip totally shut down, and the doctor was surprised he was able to play at all, let alone play productively, in the playoffs.

    Shows what a tough guy A-Rod is to soldier through that when the team needed him the most…Didn’t make any excuses, and while we killed him for his complete lack of production, at least now we know why his bat speed had disappeared and why he wasn’t driving the ball with any power….Hopefully the surgery takes care of this problem and we can finally have a healthy A-Rod at third next season when he comes back

  12. mrklutch1011 - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    He should be giving boatloads of money to Sandy relief victims. He should already be doin it and he whiffed on that worse than all of last seasons AB’s. 1/4 of his yearly contract. The same 1/4 of a player they got when he signed on his fake numbers. There is nothing to like about this worthless has been. Imagine if the Boss was still himself before passing. Prob would have hired a special investigater

  13. mazblast - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Sounds to me like the doctor is indulging in typical Yankee melodrama, exaggerating the injury so his comeback will appear that much more amazing.

    However, he didn’t have to mention that it had nothing to do with steroids, since he’s been a YANKEE for so long, and, as is Known Fact, no one has ever done steroids AS A YANKEE. No one ever. Members of the other 29 teams have all done steroids, but no YANKEE, ever. The very idea is inconceivable!

    As for “why on Earth did the Yankees allow A-Rod to dangle like they did during the playoffs, going through the whole bit with the benching and never once saying that, hey, their third baseman had an extremely serious injury”, well, you can look at it in one of several ways. One, they didn’t know about the injury. Two, they knew but they were letting him swing in the wind. Three, the injury didn’t/doesn’t exist. Take your pick; personally, I think he was and is hurt, but they didn’t know it.

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