From Michael Schmidt (NY Times):
Rather than allowing Rodriguez to try to play with the injury this season or sidelining him for four months with surgery to correct the problem, the Yankees, Rodriguez and his doctors have discussed a limited operation before the season to repair the labrum without fixing the underlying condition, according to a person in baseball familiar with the deliberations.
The limited surgery would probably sideline Rodriguez at least four weeks and may allow him to play most of the season. But he would still need a more involved procedure at a later time to fix what caused the tear.
“It would be like using a nail instead of a steel girder to repair it,” said the person, who did not want to be identified because the conversations were confidential. “Eventually, the nail would have to be replaced with the steel girder.”
At best, the person said, this so-called hybrid option would allow Rodriguez to play for one to three years before undergoing more invasive surgery to correct the problem.
Hmmm, I don’t know how I feel about this “hybrid option.” While it would be nice to have A-Rod around for most of the season, I’m also hesitant for him to have to go under the knife multiple times (even if the second time is three years later). If you’re having surgery, you might as well fix it the first time, right? I don’t know, really.
What do you think?
(props to Scott Proctor’s Arm)
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