Yesterday Chris pointed out a story from the NY Times which suggested that A-Rod had an option other than major surgery or rest and rehab. It seems that he has chosen that third option, and that the team has signed off on it. From Pete Abe:
UPDATE, 9:36 a.m.: Alex Rodriguez will have less invasive surgery to repair the labrum, try to play and then have a full repair after the season.
UPDATE, 9:40 a.m.: A-Rod has an impingement, meaning bone is striking bone. The initial surgery will fix the labrum. The second will repair the bone deformity.
The goal, Dr. Philiipon, will be a rapid rehab. “It’s a very good option,” he said.
He said the rehab will take 6-9 weeks.
UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: Surgery will be Monday. Dr. Philippon said he’s 85-90 percent certain A-Rod won’t have a setback this season.
A-Rod will stay in Vail for several weeks.
Again, it’ll be 6-9 weeks before he plays in a MLB game. So late April possibly.
UPDATE, 9:58 a.m.: Dr. Philippon said it’s 100 percent that A-Rod will need a second surgery.
The larger surgery would have kept him out 3-4 months. They’ll have to reshape the femoral head of the bone.
This seems to be the most logical option for all of the parties involved, assuming that the surgery allows Alex to play the 2009 season pain free. The Yankees could not afford to lose Alex for a long period of time, and any replacement would have cost the Yankees much more than actual value, being that everyone knew the Yankees were in a position of need. Alex can play out the season, and have the second surgery the day after the World Series. From the doctor’s optimism, I would guess that there should be minimal long term effects from not having the larger surgery immediately. This resolution allows Yankees fans to exhale, as Alex should be back at some point in early May.
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