As the Yankees continue to contemplate what should be done with A-Rod’s faulty hip, it seems as though the option of corrective surgery is becoming more and more likely.
For instance, Brian Cashman didn’t rule out surgery yesterday evening, despite saying that Alex would rest and rehab the day prior. Also, as Joe Girardi notes, the decision is ultimately A-Rod’s to make and if surgery is a better long-term solution, which appears to be the case, then A-Rod will probably go that route. Essentially, Alex could play through the issue this season, however, the issue could worsen and hinder his level of play in the future — even after surgery — creating an albatross of a contract for the Yankees. Therefore, the team would be best served if A-Rod opted for surgery now rather than later.
It’s obviously a difficult situation, one that would require the Yankees to find a stop-gap at third (e.g. Adrian Beltre, Mark Teahen, Chad Tracy, Brandon Inge, Carlos Guillen, etc.). It’ll be interesting to see how they choose to fill such a tremendous hole if A-Rod does, indeed, go under the knife.
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