Via FOXSports.com :
Alex Rodriguez will attempt to play this season with an injured right hip, hoping to avoid surgery and a four-month rehabilitation period.
A cyst in the hip was drained Wednesday, and the New York Yankees third baseman will skip playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. Still, he has a torn labrum that might need an operation.
“There’s two course of action concerning what he has,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday. “There is treat it conservatively, which would imply rest, exercise and treatment. Or you can treat it aggressively, which is by surgery. At this point at in time, we are going to go the conservative route.”
Cashman said that if Rodriguez is able to play, the three-time AL MVP might have offseason surgery to repair the labrum tear. Cashman said Rodriguez’s preference was to try rest and treatment first.
“We’re collectively trying to figure out what is best to do,” Cashman said. “We don’t want to rush into it. We want to digest it.”
Looking for my take on all this? Well, of course you are – why else would you be reading these words? O.K., here goes…
For those out there who are now envisioning a wounded A-Rod leading the Yankees offense this season – like a one-armed Gary Sheffield did back in 2004 – forget it. Rodriguez is way too fragile. Further, while it’s just my opinion, I strongly suspect that Alex was more than ready to pack it in for a good chunk of this season the minute he got the diagnosis on this one.
Think about it. Felix DeJesus, who is part of the Spanish language broadcast team for the New York Yankees, is tight with A-Rod’s half-brother. DeJesus spoke to the half-brother this morning to see what was up with Alex and was told that Rodriguez would need surgery and would be out 10 weeks. This is proof that A-Rod was convinced that he was going under the knife, now – as that’s what he told his family…right away.
I suspect that, once the news got back to the Yankees, Brian Cashman and crew then hatched a plan. This is not like the Red Sox plan for Curt Schilling last season – where the team is trying to avoid paying a guy beaucoup denaro to do nothing all season. More so, I think the Yankees plan is a stall tactic. The Yankees may have told Alex to stick his surgery plans in his pocket for a few days, or more, as they use this move to buy some time, circle their wagons, and figure out what they’re going to do this season – because they know that A-Rod wants to have this surgery. And, he wants to have it now.
It’s perfect timing for Rodriguez to take a powder. His popularity quotient has never been lower. Plus, the Selena Roberts book (on him) comes out in about six weeks. Why not use this situation as an excuse to go hole up in a mountain cave and allow some of the hubbub that he’s created to die down? At some point, A-Rod is going to have to address his medical condition and then do the four-month rehab. Given that he’s got nine years left on his contract, Rodriguez is probably thinking: “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”
In any event, above all, as a Yankees fan, what concerns me most about all this is that time remaining on Alex Rodriguez contract (with New York). While it’s not a given, this injury for A-Rod could be a portent of things to come – meaning a rapid breakdown of his physical prowess despite his relative young age.
We saw this happen with Juan Gonzalez, Dean Palmer, Jose Canseco, Ron Gant, Ken Caminiti, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Jason Giambi and Travis Hafner. These guys just get so big and strong that their bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons cannot win the war against the demands that their muscles command. And, let’s face, A-Rod is a mountain of a man.
One of the saddest sights ever for this baseball fan was watching Vincent Edward (Bo) Jackson, who was once human form in perfection, hobble around a baseball field in 1993 at the young age of thirty. I cannot imagine, as a Yankees fan, how hard it might be to watch Alex Rodriguez have his body continue to fail him for the remainder of his contract with New York. Then again, I might not have to imagine it…as it may be starting to happen right now.