A-Rod is relieved and committed

Here are a couple of quotes from Alex Rodriguez from a story the Associated Press ran today:

"I'm not concerned," Rodriguez told The Associated Press. "I'm actually, in many ways, relieved that there's something tangible that we can go fix."

He may not be concerned but everyone else should be.

"I am fully committed to a very hard road back," Rodriguez said. "We've done it before in '09 and it was a great result, both on a personal level and on a team level, more importantly. I take it as a great challenge and I'm excited for the challenge."

Yes, we all remember what happened in 2009. It was a magical year - for lack of a better word - but it's going to be 2013 this time around and if the recovery from his surgery goes well, Alex Rodriguez will be returning to the Yankees lineup shortly before he turns 38-years-old. Not that there's anything wrong with being 38-years-old, I'm that age right now, but I also don't have two surgically repaired hips and a litany of other injuries in my past like Rodriguez.

As much as I'd love for Alex to come back and mash like he used to, Yankee fans, and the team itself, have to be realistic. We may have seen the last of Alex Rodriguez the All-Star and what's happening to him now may be the new normal.

According to beat writers on Twitter, Rodriguez will be speaking shortly and more in depth about his surgery.