Mar
06

A-Rod’s injury on Cashman, Yanks

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Until the end of the 2017 season, Alex Rodriguez is the property of the New York Yankees. The team has invested nearly $300 million in him with the expectation that he will be among the best in baseball. In return, his bosses control his health, his training regime and most of his life.

A few weeks ago, when A-Rod Story II — the steroid scandal — broke, Brian Cashman seemed to indicate his understanding of this relationship. “We’ve invested in him as an asset,” the Yanks’ GM said at the time. “And because of that, this is an asset that is going through a crisis. So we’ll do everything we can to protect that asset and support that asset and try to salvage that asset.”

On Thursday, Ross at New Stadium Insider played off that quote and noted that the team has failed to protect one of its top assets. The news though got even more damning as the day unfolded.

Jack Curry and Tyler Kepner turned up some very alarming statements from the Yankee brass concerning the timing of A-Rod’s injury and the team’s knowledge about it.

Cashman said the Yankees discovered an irregularity in Rodriguez’s hip last May when he underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam for a right quadriceps injury. By June or July, the hitting coach Kevin Long said he could notice subtle changes in Rodriguez’s hitting, notably in his right foot — the back one in his stance.

The foot was not pivoting fully, Long said, and as a result, Rodriguez could not completely turn his waist and clear his hips. This caused his bat to drag and prevented him from driving through the ball and generating maximum power.

“Speed-wise, to catch up to 95, 96 mile-an-hour pitches, you’ve basically got to get your hips through,” Long said. “It affects bat speed, power, balance. From a technical standpoint, it affects quite a few things. But he’s so gifted and so talented that he made due with what he had.”

Cashman goes on to defend the move not to give A-Rod an MRI last spring. Cashman claims that if you sent the entire team for MRIs, most of them would come back with problems due to wear and tear. That A-Rod felt no pain — but did adjust his approach at the plate — meant that the Yanks would not force their $300-million man into the MRI tube. “You don’t treat the M.R.I., you treat the patient,” Cashman said. “There was no pain and he was never having a problem with it. You talk with him about it, make him aware of it and off you go.”

For now, the Yankees will have A-Rod play, but medical experts all agree that he will need surgery eventually. The Yanks are risking permanent, long-term damage to his hip socket by electing the rehab path. I guess they know what they’re doing.

Those among us who do not like Cashman are right to express outrage and incredulity at this latest revelation. The Yankees showed here an unwillingness to treat potential injuries with any sort of aggression or urgency. By letting A-Rod dictate the terms of his visits to the doctors, the Yankees are risking their investment and the team’s on-field success.

With this injury and the behind-the-scenes glimpse Kepner and Curry provided, the Yankees should use this experience as one from which they must learn. Injuries do not heal themselves, and Major League Baseball players never like to sit out. Someone has to protect the investment, and Brian Cashman and the Yankee coaches dropped the ball.

Categories : Injuries
  • dongtotheface

    its obvious arod backed out of this wbc so he didnt have to get blood tested

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      That — along with your comment name — might be the dumbest comment we get all day on RAB, and it’s only 12:19 a.m.

      • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Show some respect, dongtotheface is Roy Oswalt’s mom’s name.

        • Mulls

          Knocking on Roy Oswalt is unamerican.

          • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Just defending sweet old Dongtotheface Dorothea Oswalt.

          • Drew

            Roy Oswalt is a jerk, I’m just mad Arod won’t be turning around a sloppy oswalt fastball over the fence in the WBC.

    • Mulls

      man i wish arod was mariano

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      150 players were already tested and another 160 will be tested during the WBC. If someone was going to back out of the WBC to avoid the drug test, they would drop out before the random testing of 150 players. So your comment obviously doesn’t make any sense.

    • Drew

      Give me a break.

  • AndrewYF

    So Cashman is now the team doctor? I don’t see how this is “on him”. If Billy Beane were in charge, would the Yankees have discovered the injury sooner because of Billy’s magical intuition?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Re-read the first excerpted paragraph of The Times article. How can you just ignore that? Even if the MRI turns out negative, when you have the fiscal responsibility and the on-field responsibility of a player such as A-Rod, you have to follow up. Blame Gene Monahan instead of Cashman, but people knew there was something wrong in May and ignored it.

      • AndrewYF

        It’s the easiest thing in the world to assign blame in hindsight. But what if you discover ‘irregularities’ all the time in MRI’s, which it seems like they do? Why not give the entire team an MRI exam, and then have surgery on all of them in the offseason? It’s simply not how medicine works. I bet there are tons of players playing with ligament damage and labrum degeneration or what have you and they don’t even know it. If it’s not a problem, which it wasn’t for A-Rod until only recently, you don’t do anything about about it. Bad timing on A-Rod’s developing into a problem, but them’s the breaks.

        To my mind, the only time where the team truly was at fault was when they rushed him back into the lineup after his leg strain, only to have him aggravate it and land on the DL. That probably also aggravated his labrum tear.

      • Ed

        The problem with that is that abnormalities in MRIs are like birthmarks – everyone has one somewhere.

        MRIs also don’t tell you a ton. They (usually) tell you if you need surgery ASAP, but they’re not good for distinguishing between “normal wear and tear” vs “this is going to be a problem soon”.

      • Z Man

        I think the big question is why didn’t they let him play last season and then have the MRI/surgery in the off season? There’s your four months.

  • Ed

    For now, the Cardinals will have Pujols play, but medical experts all agree that he will need surgery eventually. The Cards are risking permanent, long-term damage to his elbow by electing the rehab path. I guess they know what they’re doing.

    Those among us who do not like Mozeliak are right to express outrage and incredulity at this latest revelation. The Cardinals showed here an unwillingness to treat potential injuries with any sort of aggression or urgency. By letting Pujols dictate the terms of his visits to the doctors, the Cardinals are risking their investment and the team’s on-field success.

    Sometimes these things work out…

    • AndrewYF

      I do like the name-switching game. You could also switch out Mozeliak and Pujols for Theo and Lowell before the 2008 season. Everyone in baseball knew Lowell had hip problems, but the Sox only treated it when it truly became an issue. As a result, Lowell was out for the postseason, and they missed making the World Series by a game. They dropped the ball!

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

        Well, Lowell is the obvious case study for why the Yanks should opt for surgery for A-Rod now if he needs it.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Lowell’s case was a bit different in that it involved bone spurs as well, which caused the pain that drove him off the field. Alex’s case appears to be more similar to Utley’s from what we know at this point.

        • rbizzler

          And Chase Utley is perfect counterpoint for rest and rehab. Same injury as both Alex and Lowell and he made it through the season and post-season and then had the surgery.

          • jsbrendog

            and won a WS coughcoughcough

    • Arreneheus

      Yes, you can plug in Pujols’ name or Chase Utley’s name or Mike Lowell’s name.

      The problem is though, every body ages differently and heals from injury differently. It’s still risking permanent damage to his hip regardless, and he’s Yankees property for the next 9 years.

      Still a very small sample size (only two of those three guys didn’t miss significant time in ’08).

      And not getting the MRI done last spring was inexcusable. If it were discovered last year that he needed surgery, he could have already had the surgery, you know, in September, when the Yanks were many games behind the Rays/Red Sox and after Hank had said the team was not contending and not miss much of the ’09 season.

  • BigBlueAL

    I think Cashman wants to call Doc Brown to borrow his time machine and go back to the off-season of 2007 and tell Arod dont let the door hit you where the good Mo split you after he opted out of his contract….

    • jsbrendog

      cashman did. or at least said that the steibrenner’s should do that. but big bank hank came in a ll blustery and doofusy and bang, cashman is stuck sitting at hsi desk shaking his head like george costanza

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    This is one of the best posts I’ve ever read.

    However, I think at the end you mean ‘heal’ instead of ‘heel’ ;)

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      No, he has foot plantar fasciitis as well.

  • Rich

    In contrast to the physical situation of the other players on the team, they had a baseline MRI that showed an “irregularity,” so it would seem reasonable and prudent to do a follow up MRI after the season to determine if that irregularity had changed, especially in light of the fact that A-Rod was still experiencing soreness and/or stiffness in the area. Their failure to do so was an act of negligence.

    • Ed

      We don’t know that they didn’t do a test then. Standard procedure is to give everyone a physical at the end of the season. Remember when Girardi tried to pass off Mo’s shoulder exam as “the standard end of season physical” ?

      • Rich

        Yes, we do.

        Link:

        But after the finding, the Yankees were seemingly lax about examining Rodriguez’s hip again. Rodriguez, the highest-paid player in baseball, did not have another M.R.I. on his hip during or after the season. Cashman said the irregularity on Rodriguez’s M.R.I. was an insufficient reason to pursue additional testing.

        • Ed

          That’s what I get for just reading a couple summaries and assuming I got all the details.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      If this condition requires surgery to repair, then I can’t imagine recommending invasive surgery for an MRI irregularity where the patient is reporting no pain or lack of mobility. If I was Cash, I wouldn’t have done anything differently.

      • Rich

        Perhaps you are misunderstanding my point. I’m not saying that surgery should have been done as a result of an irregularity. My point is that because the Yankees have acknowledged that Alex was still experiencing discomfort or stiffness in the hip in September, another MRI should have been performed to determine if there was any change between the first and second MRI.

        If the second MRI merely revealed an irregularity without any progression or change, then of course surgery would not have been indicated. But if, however, the MRI showed a change, then Alex could have been sent to the same nationally renowned specialist for a further evaluation.

        My point is that because the Yankees (and their doctors) failed to perform a second MRI, we have no idea if it would have revealed a change that required further attention.

        That’s why I believe that they were negligent.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    So what happens if the irregularity they saw on A-rod’s MRI was not a cyst but a sarcoma?

    I have no medical background and maybe a sarcoma or osteosarcoma looks completley different on an MRI, but from everything I’ve seen, an irregularity is an irregularity.

    If that was a case, would the Yankees have waited until A-rod had to lose his leg?

    I mean, I don’t like to think that such a thing is possible, but then again…

    Also, anyone find the fact that Stuart Hershon is stepping down at the end of this year a little…not quite coincidental?

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      “So what happens if the irregularity they saw on A-rod’s MRI was not a cyst but a sarcoma?
      I have no medical background…”

      Well, they informed Torre when he was sick, right? I think your lack of medical background probably precludes you (or me, I’m in the same boat), from discussing this issue.

      “Also, anyone find the fact that Stuart Hershon is stepping down at the end of this year a little…not quite coincidental?”

      Hershon graduated from med school in 1963. I don’t know how old he is, but I assume he’s pretty old and is just retiring or shedding some workload. How is his decision to step down from his role with the Yankees “not quite coincidental?” Any reason other than the thought just popped into your mind?

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        yeah, you’re right about the first bit, but I mean, prostate cancers and sarcomas are kinda different. I mean, I’m pretty sure if it was questionable they would have said something.

        As for the second part, it’s me being a conspiracy buff. i had no idea he was that, uh, senior.

        I just find the timing odd given the recent spate of Yankee injuries, but then again, injuries always happen and I’m making a mountain out of a molehill.

        It’s 1.30 AM and my filter is completley off. You’re probably best off ignoring me.

        • Ed

          yeah, you’re right about the first bit, but I mean, prostate cancers and sarcomas are kinda different. I mean, I’m pretty sure if it was questionable they would have said something.

          Well, most prostate cancers are so slow moving that you can live with them for decades. A lot of the time the surgery is more likely to kill you than the cancer. If the team was quick to act on that, I can’t imagine them not being quick to act on something potentially far more threatening.

    • Ed

      I have no medical background and maybe a sarcoma or osteosarcoma looks completley different on an MRI, but from everything I’ve seen, an irregularity is an irregularity.

      A sarcoma would be a lump of tissue. A cyst is a pocket of liquid. They’d show up as different brightnesses.

      A labrum tear would show up as a black spot.

      We don’t really know what they found. The labrum tear was probably small enough to look like normal wear and tear. If it was a cyst, you wouldn’t worry about it unless it was large. As Pete Abe said yesterday, “A cyst is essentially a sore spot. It’s a minor thing.”

      Also, anyone find the fact that Stuart Hershon is stepping down at the end of this year a little…not quite coincidental?

      His leaving was announced before pitchers and catchers reported, so it would be odd if it was in response to any current issue. He probably just wanted to retire. He’s been on the job for 21 years. He would’ve been in his late 20’s / early 30’s when he finished his medical training. He probably had another job before this one, so, he’s probably in his 60’s.

  • bkight13

    I would risk DHing ARod until he is healthy enough to play the field or proves he can’t hit with the injury. His bat is much more valuable than his glove.

    • Klemy

      Possibly, except for the ripple effect pf him DHing and having a weaker hitter in his spot on the field, and displacing a player that should be DHing due to his fielding, not in the DH spot.

  • dr

    I’m amazed how bad NYY (and MLB in general) health service really is (remember a few years ago when Mets chose their team clinic based on who payed the most and than suddenly had a lot of injured players?).

    Yes, most players have some wear and tear which would be noticed on MRI, but doctors need to have regular MRI images to see if anything is changing. The decision to continue playing until offseason may not be a bad one, depending on the size of the tear, but they should have had a few images last year through which they could have seen the progress of the cyst and tear.
    Posada’s injury last year was treated badly – there was no reason to try to keep him in the lineup when he couldn’t hit. If A-Rod can hit – like Pujols – then they should keep him playing until the offseason, but if he can’t hit he should have surgery ASAP.
    This is the team that has the biggest investment in players in professional sports, but doesn’t have corresponding protection of that investment. Yankees lost 2004 because they needed more than two months to discover that two of their most important players had parasite that completely sapped their energy, and they played them all the time. That shouldn’t be possible for a team that pays more than $15m to those players annually.

  • Will

    It’s very, very easy to second guess the medical issue, but if Arod and the Yankee doctors didn’t think a follow-up MRI was necessary, then I can’t blame Cashman for not demanding one. He has enough on his plate without having to oversee the course of medical care. Having management types determine a course of treatment might work for HMOs, but I think most would agree that those decisions belong in the hands of doctors.

    Maybe Hershon and his staff dropped the ball, but he is no longer the team physician, so I don’t see the point in wringing our hands about what should have been done.

    As for Arod, if the pain is tolerable (and he doesn’t seem to have any now), I don’t see why he can’t play the whole season and have surgery, if needed, in the offseason. That’s pretty much how Pujols has handled his elbow injury. It also reminds me of a story that Mike Schmidt always told about how a surgery he didn’t have saved his career. Apparently, Schmidt was set to have major knee surgery before the 1974 season when the doctor asked him to get down in a three point stance and then run as fast as he could down the hall. After completing the task, the doctor told Schmidt, “you don’t need this surgery now”, and then Schmidt proceeded to have an MVP type season.

    I like the fact that the doctors are going to run Alex through a series of baseball activity-related tests. If he checks out fine, there may not be a need to have surgery anytime soon.

    Unfortunately, it seems to have taken the potential of a serious injury to remind everyone just as vital Arod is to this team (except the Daily News, who saw fit to call Arod a dope because he had the temerity to get injured). Then again, with Arod’s luck, the Yankees would probably definitely win the World Series if he missed the season.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    There is a possibility that the Yanks are telling everyone that he’s not getting surgery simply to give them a chance to swing a deal in the next few days and not appear desperate.

    • Jay CT

      Damn good point.

    • rbizzler

      Agreed. I would not be surprised to hear a trade announced, followed by the revelation that Alex will have the surgery now rather that wait it out.

      • jsbrendog

        but who? adrian beltre’s expiring contract?

        what else?

        • Mike Pop

          Dare I say, Andy Marte.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            At this point, Eric Duncan probably has a better shot of producing replacement level performance than Andy Marte.

            Marte went of a cliff like Thelma and Louise.

  • Pedro

    I’m not saying I want it to happen, but just imagine what people would say and/or write if A-Rod goes down for the rest of the season and the Yankees end up winning the title…

    • A.D.

      Same thought occurred to me yesterday, people would have a field day

  • Jay CT

    Ben, in my opinion, this is one of your best pieces you ever wrote up. Well done man. I don’t know that I blame the Yankees or ARod, (injuries happen but when it happens to your biggest star in Spring Training everyone wants to blame someone), and I don’t think you are casting blame, you do a great job of showing how the Yankees can be just as much to blame in this. I think it shows America’s ignorance to their knowledge of steroids as countless people have said to me, “That’s what you get when you use steroids!”

    • nyyfaninlaaland

      Did you read the headline? No, that’s no blame.

      Frankly it’s distinctly possible NY should have been more prudent. But I also think your case hangs on that “irregularity” that hindsight makes look so key. This may be a much more common thing than we all know – such was certainly suggested in the discussion yesterday, but it’s easy to pass that off as CYA if you wish.

      What I’ve seen is that cysts can develop fairly rapidly – my son when young developed a cyst that appeared out of nowhere and quickly resulted in surgery.

      Will Carroll of BP has a good take on this today – well worth the read. He seems to come down on the side of the conservative course as well, admitting, as did NY, that ultimately surgery will be required. It seems Utley is the appropriate analogy here.

  • Rob in CT

    It’s possible the team in general, and Cashman in specific, are to blame for this, but I’m not sure. Also, ARod himself could be to blame, but if he had no pain I can understand…

    Basically, unless you fully understand what constitutes an “irregularity” on an MRI, you’re in the dark here. I know I am.

  • Jabba the Wockeez

    So apparently A-Rod is going to play this upcoming season but he’ll be resting on a lot of days, he’ll be taken out early, and he’ll DH. I’d personally have A-Rod take the surgery now instead of risking it and not being 100 percent in the first few weeks of the season. If Matsui and Posada are healthy, then we should be fine until A-Rod comes back. We’re not exactly out of the playoffs yet like some of you are suggesting…

  • Mike

    Anyone find it interesting that no one had ever heard of this problem before this week.

    He meets with MLB and now has an injury that can keep him out for up to 4 months?

    Boy that would be a nice way to cover up a suspension with mlb’s poster boy going down for a 7 week to 4 month period…

    • rbizzler

      Wow, that is an awesome conspiracy theory! I never thought of that until you brought it up. Except for the fact that Alex has been having problems with his hip since LAST season. If you actually read the post and the excerpts from Curry and Kepner you would see that they knew about the hip problem last year when he had the MRI for his quad.

      • Mike

        And then why was it not discussed for him to get it cleaned up in the offseason?

        • rbizzler

          Because the Yanks knew that Alex was going to need a cover-up for a fake steroid suspension. That seems much more plausible than an improper diagnosis.

    • A.D.

      Plenty of people heard of this problem before this week.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Boy that would be a nice way to cover up a suspension with mlb’s poster boy going down for a 7 week to 4 month period…

      Call me when ARod announces he’s quitting baseball to fulfill his lifelong dream and first love of becoming an NBA player and signs with the Knicks D-League affiliate.

  • http://www.myspace.com/sloanbruno69 Bruno

    Doesn’t this remind anyone of Jorge’s shoulder last season? I hope I’m wrong.

    • A.D.

      Yes, yes it does. Thats why I think you see a lot of fans saying get the surgery, be back by August.

      • nyyfaninlaaland

        Missing 3 months of the season could be enough to make coming back in August meaningless.

        Managing the cyst should be doable – the tear is what it is. Yes, he’ll miss some games, DH some games, etc. We may wind up seeing Matsui in LF more than expected (which currently is not at all)and Damon in CF some as well – assuming Gardner isn’t tearing it up. Is what it is. Let’s see what the future holds before we ruch off to grab a replacement that will cost us big time. I’m just not willing to accept that everyone in these discussions with a stake in the matter is a complete idiot while we fans on the outside have the best answer.

        • nyyfaninlaaland

          Not to say bringing in a potential replacement wouldn’t be prudent. But all the names I’ve seen either cost big time or don’t fit the need.

          Should LAA’s kids shine in the spring perhaps Figgins makes good sense, since he could also be used in so many spots if A-Rod could play. But he’d be pricey, and it’s hard to imagine the Angels would be willing to help NY – a potential playoff opponent – absent a high price in prospects. I don’t think we’re talking IPK plus another lesser light here, though they could use an upper level majors ready SP. Being out here in Orange Co., Figgins is a popular and useful player. IPK and Hughes are both from the OC as well, so maybe there could be a sellable proposition involving Kennedy (not Hughes) – it’s the plus that’s the issue. Romine’s from the OC too, as is Laird and a number of other kids in the system.

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  • Brad

    It was there last May. Kevin Long saw a change in A-Rod’s swing. It was there again in September. Now it’s March of the following season. The I see it they had at least 2 opportunities to address this before it ended up hurting the team. I don’t think Cashman should bear all the blame, but I do think the team as a whole dropped the ball.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    I’m surprised nobody has said this yet:

    Cashman said the Yankees discovered an irregularity in Rodriguez’s hip last May…
    By June or July, the hitting coach Kevin Long said he could notice subtle changes in Rodriguez’s hitting, notably in his right foot — the back one in his stance…
    This caused his bat to drag and prevented him from driving through the ball and generating maximum power…

    ARod, 2007: .314/.422/.645
    ARod, April and May, 208: .288/.365/.530
    ARod, June-September 2008: .307/.401/.587

    All last year we kept complaining about ARod not putting up his usual ARoddian dominance, while we excused away Jeter having a sub-Jeterian season by rationalizing that Jeter was hurt.

    Well, it sounds like ARod was hurt. But, he actually seemed to “grit” and “grind” his way through the hurt and actually produce BETTER in the second and third dimesters of the season.

    That settles it: ARod is officially a gritty, grinding, scrappy, hustling gamer of a player. All the more reason for him to accept the new nickname I made for him: Nails Krzyzewski.

    • KW

      Well, no one noticed a-rod was actually hurt except for perhaps kevin long, and they cut him slack when they realized he had a gimpy leg. Jeter was hit by a pitch on the wrist and his power noticeably went away.

    • rbizzler

      Giving up on Flay-Rod so soon? Shame on you Tommie, no one likes a quitter.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        “Flay-Rod” was just a goof on the hackneyed “I can find a word that rhymes with the letter A and hence, I’m a supergenius at creating clever nicknames for this player that I despise irrationally” cliché the media and some fans do. I never really wanted “Flay-Rod” to stick.

        I have high hopes for Nails Krzyzewski. I know it’s a hail mary, but I’m going to try like hell to rebrand ARod as a clutchy gritbearder (or at least poke fun at the concept of clutchy gritbearders.) Nothing screams out “Hey, something tells me I should like this guy” to John Kruk like the name “Nails Krzyzewski”.

  • DocBooch

    There are millions of people walking around with herniated discs and torn labrums and have no idea and no pain. The Long comments look like they were made in retrospect not like he was complaining that ARod couldnt turn his hips and it was a problem at the time.

    ARod works his lower body like a beast, his legs are tree trunks. The workout is more than likely the cause of why he has a degenerated hip. I agree fully with them looking to change his program and treat it through this season. Chase Utley’s condition was a lot more progressed and he made it through the season and won a world series.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Easy there with the word “degenerated”, buddy.

      It’s a labrum tear and a cyst. There’s a huge ocean between having a torn labrum and a cyst and having a degenerative hip condition.

  • inman

    it’s pretty obvious the reason a-rod didnt get an mri last year- carl pavano.

    it’s a little known fact but carl had it negotiated into his contract that he and he alone had the key to the room in which the yankee mri machine is. he was allowed to pick and choose who could enter the machine. apparently carl felt a-rod didnt possess the toughness that a true yankee needed and kept a-rod out.

    it was only late this winter when carl signed with another team that he returned the key. the yanks may have a few more injuries that no one was aware of- they should know shortly when everyone gets there turn in the carl pavano memorial mri machine.

  • Evan in NYC

    Is it such a bad thing that ARod would sit out at the beginning of the year? We have solid pitching and a pretty good offense. I think we will be fine without him for a while and let him get his surgery, not be a headache for a few months and play baseball. Let ARod get away from the team and see how we do. Maybe we will win and be able to rid ourselves of 9 years of this disaster.

    • Rob in CT

      The AL East is insanely good. The downgrade from ARod to “some guy” is probably 1 win per month.

      So, yeah, it’s a big deal. Now, I’m definitely worried that this could end up being a Posada 2008 situation, where they try to avoid surgery, ultimately fail, and blow the whole year instead of 1/2 of it. That strikes me as something to worry about. But this “we’ll be better without him!” stuff is absurd. He’s the best player on the effing team.

      • nyyfaninlaaland

        Absolutely agree about needing him on the field – but the leap to surgery now as the best course of action is a leap.

        Posada’s injury was to his throwing shoulder – big problem for a catcher. Not to say this can’t impact A-Rod as well, but Utley is the appropriate analogy. And I’ll count on those in the discussion making the best possible decision at this point. The red flags are up now. You can argue if it suits your perspective they should have been so sooner. Water under the bridge.

        But then most of us here with less first hand info, medical knowledge, and experience have a much better handle on this than those actually in the discussion.

        I’m not trying to be an apologist for the NY FO. I just think some perspective is appropriate.

  • bob clemente

    The timing of this is curious. WBC starts.
    Manny signs with the LA Torre’s.
    Perhaps the injury has been discussed by the Yanks for some time and they were waiting for just the right spot to announce. If they would have announced it last week there would have been pressure on Cash to sign manny —a move he was/is against. Now —they might get Beltre but that is not as hot a topic as getting Manny.
    As far as the WBC is concerned the Yanks never wanted their asset to play for anyone else and risk injury.
    This leads me to speculate that maybe the injury is not as serious and now Arod gets points for being a gamer.

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