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A-Rod’s hip: less damage than expected

Jan 18, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP

Not only was A-Rod’s hip surgery a success, it brought about some good news too. From the Daily News:

Alex Rodriguez’s surgeon, Dr. Bryan Kelly, told the Yankees that he discovered less cartilage damage in A-Rod’s hip than expected, a good sign that the third baseman will have fewer complications as he tries to come back, a source said.

“It was minimal,” the source said. “Now it’s up to his rehab.”

That doesn’t necessarily change the rehab time. It just makes the rehab less complicated.  Either way, good news.

  1. charlutes - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Arod couldn’t care less about baseball, so Its hard to care about him unless your into celebrity garbage.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      And yet you read the blog and took the time to comment. Seems like a contradiction.

    • nategearhart - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      I feel really sorry for anybody that can’t appreciate getting to see one of the greatest baseball players ever just because the guy is a weirdo.

      • ramrene - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        REALLY?

        “one of the greatest baseball players ever…”

        You mean a guy who inflated his statistics only because he took steroids to gain an unfair advantage?… you mean that guy?

        The guy who after he stopped taking steroids has started breaking down and has only been a shell of his steroid self?… you mean that guy?

        C’mon, let’s keep things in perspective here.

        Let’s not over inflate someone who cheated to gain an unfair advantage because it legitimizes his illegal steroid usage.

      • Kevin S. - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        According to the evidence we have, A-Rod stopped taking steroids in 2003. He won two MVP awards and had seven excellent years following that, while still performing at a high level in 2011 when healthy. 2012 was really the first truly problematic season he had, and that’s only relative to the expectations his previous play had set.

      • number42is1 - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Kevin – Enough with your stupid facts…

      • cackalackyank - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        Hey, if having a seemingly endless supply of hot chicks available to me for carnal entertainment is wierd, sign me up retroactively to the day I reached puberty. As far as “inflated his statistics” and “gained an unfair advantage” go no one will ever know for certain except for A-rod. Nor will we know how many mediocre players used the stuff and stayed exactly that, MEDIOCRE. Also, unless you are a Dr. or a chemist to say that his injury in 2008 and the current injury have anything to do with steroid or PED use is likely just the wishful thinking of you bias talking. Right now it has been said several times, by Medical experts no less, that the injuries to his Hip joints have nothing to do with his use of steroids.

      • theskinsman - Jan 20, 2013 at 5:39 AM

        So,if his hip wasn’t that bad, was his decline age-related?

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      u suck.

      alex has to leave the blondes alone, they keep blowing out his hips.

      jetes likes the brunettes.

    • Alex K - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      Yeah, that’s his problem. He doesn’t care about baseball. You nailed it.

      /sarcasm

      The only thing I have heard about A-Rod is that he works crazy hard doing drills and working out so that he can be the best he can be. That is 100% the opposite of not caring about baseball.

      There are plenty of things to make fun of and bash A-Rod for. Most of them are overblown, but whatever. Not caring about baseball just ain’t one of them.

    • buffalochris - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      English major???

      Correct me if I’m interpreting this wrong but doesn’t: couldn’t care less = greatly care??? LMAO!!!!

      You nim-Rod… go back to tickling little boys feet!

      • number42is1 - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        i HATE You for making me defend the guy at the top but “couldn’t care less” means that you care so little that there is no less you could care.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        Thanks for taking that for the team, number42.

  2. uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Now if only A-Rod when he returns can have the same effect on the Yankees season as he did after his previous surgery for the 2009 season. All will be great in the Universe.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      “IF”!

      • uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        If, indeed.

  3. mtr75 - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Doesn’t make any difference. If they thought he was going to be a viable player when he came back, he would have had this surgery in November. Pay-Rod’s career is over.

    • mtr75 - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      You can vote me down all you want; why did they wait to have the surgery? Easy answer.

      • paperlions - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        People are voting you down because you would almost have to try to not know that he has been doing pre-hab (not a typo). For many kinds of surgery, it is not recognized that doing work to strengthen the muscles around the joint shortens the re-hab time and increases the likelihood of good results from the surgery.

        You see, there is an easy answer. One that has been published many times, it just isn’t the answer you gave, thus the thumbs.

      • mtr75 - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        Hey smart guy, did you see this:

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/25/cashman-theres-a-chance-a-rod-misses-the-whole-year/

        Thanks for playing. Pay-Rod is DONE.

  4. mtr75 - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Yeah, good luck with that. He’s done.

  5. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I was a big a rod fan but I honestly started thinking he stopped doping after the book came out in 09 when he got caught and “confessed”. after that he began to have a train reck of injuries. he’s no amazing player in my eyes…growing up watching Jeter play…Mo close games those players are amazing to watch…not a rod

    • uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      My friend there is absolutely zero proof or even the smallest amount of evidence that A-Rod took PED’s from 2004 to the present day as a Yankee. Of course everyone is free to believe what they want but the overwhelming evidence is that A-Rod has not taken PED’s for approximately 8 years.

      • cackalackyank - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        Exactly, does anyone seriously believe that he isn’t handed a cup the maximum # of times allowed in a season, and will be one of the first ones to get tested on the new HGH testing program? And as far as having a train wreck of injuries… 2009 was maybe his best season as far as being a team player is concerned

      • mtr75 - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        Is it me or did the MLB testing program start in 2006?

      • uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        mtr75, you need to check out this link.
        http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20031113&content_id=603458&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

        Here is the very first paragraph:
        Mandatory steroid testing to begin
        • MLB press release
        • Commissioner Selig’s statement
        Mandatory program testing of Major League players for steroid use will begin in the spring of 2004 after this year’s survey testing surpassed the threshold of 5 percent positive results stipulated in the Basic Agreement, Major League Baseball announced Thursday in conjunction with the players association.

    • Alex K - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      I get it that Jeter has always been a Yankee and you are partial to him, but he could only dream of being as good at baseball as A-Rod was in his prime.

  6. slartibartfast4242 - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    A-Rod’s hip: less damage than expected

    You mean to say the rumor that A-Rod damaged his hip greatly by engaging in rampant clandestine action with Manti Te’o’s girlfriend is a lie???

  7. moogro - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Leave R-rod alone?

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