Via Christan Red -
Despite Alex Rodriguez’s 2009 admission of performance-enhancing drug use that he said occurred during a three-year stint with the Rangers (2001-03), the doctor who will perform A-Rod’s upcoming left hip surgery says, unequivocally, that the slugger’s hip injuries are in no way related to steroid or human growth hormone use.
Dr. Bryan Kelly — the Hospital for Special Surgery physician who is scheduled to do the hip procedure Jan. 16, and which he says will take two hours — told reporters Tuesday that Rodriguez’s hip condition “is a developmental problem that leads to structural mechanics that predisposes people to injury. . . . This has nothing to do with performance-enhancing drugs. Steroids don’t change the shape of your bones.”
Kelly held the conference call after a source said the Yankees were caught “off guard” by a published report Tuesday, in which Kelly was quoted giving sensitive medical analysis of Rodriguez’s condition and saying that the injuries were unrelated to PEDs.
As for A-Rod’s return to the field this season, Kelly says “optimistically speaking, what we’re hoping is that he’ll be able to return after the All-Star break,” although he acknowledged that it’s “possible it would take longer.” The $275 million third baseman batted .120 (3-for-25) through two playoff rounds last October and struck out 12 times.
GM Brian Cashman would not comment on the report when reached by the Daily News, but the source said the club did not authorize Kelly to speak about theirits star player’s medical history. “Kelly was clearly lured in by Alex, who told (Kelly) to talk,” said the source.
Cashman told The News last month that as far as he knew, Rodriguez was not seeking any other treatment prior to before hip surgery and that a physical therapist from Kelly’s medical team is working in conjunction with Rodriguez’s personal trainer on the rehab. Cashman added that the trainer had been screened and approved by Kelly’s team. The Yankees confirmed that the trainer is Tony Ambler-Wright, whose website describes him as “a Master Instructor for the National Academy of Sports Medicine.” He is based in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Rodriguez has trained with Angel Presinal — a Dominican trainer — in the past, even though Presinal was banned from MLB stadiums after his steroid links. And after his ’09 hip surgery, Rodriguez was treated by Canadian doctor Anthony Galea, who later pleaded guilty in 2011 to bringing unapproved drugs into the U.S. to treat professional athletes. Galea was sentenced to one year of supervised release, but said he provided Rodriguez only with anti-inflammatory medication.
Never a dull moment with Alex.