ENGLAND (IMB) – Alex Rodriguez has announced that he will have
follow-up surgery on his right hip on Monday, October 12, 2009.
Rodriguez made this announcement during an exclusive interview
with Biff Blowhard of the Macombs Dam Park Press.
is no off-season these days. Once we get through 2009, every day
of work I can put in will be important so that I can reach March
of 2010 as prepared as possible to participate in team drills
and be ready for the season opener.”
recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right hip in early
March. The 90-minute procedure was intended to stabilize a torn
labrum, allowing him to miss only a small portion of the 2009
season while hopefully reducing the possibility of the injury
worsening by playing.
for Rodriguez, the arthroscopic procedure was only a temporary
answer, and not a solution. It was known from the beginning that
a more aggressive procedure would be necessary after the season
to repair the damage and allow him to fully heal.
selected date raises questions however. The regular season ends
on October 4, 2009, meaning this surgery is delayed at least a
week from that point. Also, it seems strange Rodriguez would make
an announcement now for a date that is right in the middle of
any playoff appearance for the Yankees.
did the first procedure to get me back in there for as much of
the season as possible, and then we’ll focus on the rest of my
career with the second one.”
asked about why he delayed the surgery for a week after the end
of the season, Rodriguez smiled sheepishly. “I probably shouldn’t
tell you this. I’m meeting Madonna for a vacation. If you spend
any time with Madonna, you need medical attention immediately
after it. So, I figure I might as well see her and then get everything
repaired at once.”
was asked about the playoffs, but elected not to comment on that.
Most team sources did not wish to be quoted, but the unanimous
response throughout the New York spring training facility was
excitement that Rodriguez had decided not to play in any postseason
is fantastic. It means all we need to do is make the postseason.
If we can get there, and Rodriguez follows his plans and doesn’t
play, then we’ve got a shot at really winning in October,” said
one executive that wished to remain unidentified.
teammates may be able to rest easy if they can just qualify for
meaningful October games, since most of these plans do seem solid.
While medical representatives from Rodriguez’s first surgery declined
comment, his travel agent said he had booked non-refundable arrangements,
beginning with a flight on the afternoon of Monday, October 5th.
now though, Rodriguez waits for a book release and an anticipated
return to the field in May. Other than that, only time will tell.
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up above is false. None of it happened. It was just a funny thought
I had floating around in my head since everyone is saying he needs
a second surgery once the season is done.
So… I rushed it out there as a joke.