Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A-Rod's Left Hip: The Injury & Its Consequences

If you expected the calendar year to end without another chapter being added to the saga that is Alex Rodriguez, you were sadly mistaken.  As we all know by now, A-Rod will undergo left hip surgery next month and will miss 4-6 months of the 2013 season.

When the story broke yesterday morning, the belief was that his surgically-repaired right hip was the problem. A-Rod complained about his right hip during the playoffs. He had an MRI on his right hip. He was put on painkillers for his right hip. He spent a night in the ER because of his right hip. But during his end-of-season physical last month, it was discovered that the problem was actually his LEFT hip. 

What? How could someone experience pain and/or discomfort in one hip but need care for the other? The only reason I can think of is that he was putting more pressure on the right hip in order to rest his weaker, more problematic left hip. 

Another thing I don't understand (and I am far from being the only one when it comes to this one) is why we are just now hearing about A-Rod's hip problem when it began all the way back in the ALDS, earlier this year. Imagine how different everything would have been had we known about it back then! 

I suppose part of the reason for this silence is Alex himself telling team personnel that he was "good enough" when asked about his health at one point during the postseason. But why? He could have saved himself so much grief. The other part of it is Brian Cashman not saying anything until he was asked the other day. I'm not sure if I agree with that one, Cash.

Now what happens? Who will play third base? That's a very complicated question to answer. The Yankees likely would try to sign any free agent to a one-year deal because of the $189 million threshold for 2014. If they're unable to do that (which is entirely possible since it's easy to outbid a one-year offer), they will need to make a trade or go with a kid in the minors. Since no kid is really ready, it looks like it will be a trade. If a deal isn't made this week at the Winter Meetings it will be made eventually.

Get well soon, A-Rod.

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