We expect big news to emerge from the Winter Meetings, but unfortunately the first big development for the Yankees is the impending hip surgery of Alex Rodriguez. George King had the initial report that A-Rod was getting his surgically repaired hip looked at, and his Post colleague Joel Sherman followed that up by breaking that Alex would, in fact, be having surgery to fix the injury. It’s not yet clear what this will mean in terms of Alex getting on the field and being productive next season, but it seems like a given that he’ll miss at least some time, and when you factor his age and existing level of regression into the equation, you have to wonder if the days of being able to count on A-Rod being anything but an average player for the Yankees are just about behind us for good.
We do, however, have some additional details about the surgery and the injury itself. On the former, Mark Feinsand reports that the surgery will be performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly, and not Marc Phillippon, who did A-Rod’s initial procedure back in 2008. I suppose that’s some pretty interesting news, but maybe A-Rod just wants to see if the luck of the Irish can rub off on him (sorry, couldn’t help it)? Secondly, Ken Rosenthal tweeted some information that has set the interwebs ablaze: A-Rod re-injured the hip before the playoffs began, and was playing through severe pain in October. Rosenthal even passes along that the pain was so severe A-Rod spent the night in the ER after one ALDS game (my guess is Game 4, and that it played a role in why Alex wasn’t even in the starting lineup for Game 5). There’s a lot of different questions that could be raised about that, given how much of a beating A-Rod was taking during the playoffs, but I’m not really eager to write at length about any of them until we get some sort of explanation, or at least more details, from the team. If you’re really interested though, you can follow me on Twitter. I’m sure a good chunk of the day will be devoted to tweeting about A-Rod.
Correction: Reports now indicate that it’s A-Rod’s left hip that is injured, not the right hip that he previously had surgery on. I’m not sure if that’s better or worse, honestly.
Update: Well this didn’t take long: multiple reporters are now tweeting the recovery time for A-Rod is expected to be in the 4-6 months range. Mark Feinsand specifically says that a source told him the Yankees don’t expect to have A-Rod back until June or July, which would leave Alex missing roughly the first half of the season.