When Alex Rodriguez found out that he needed hip surgery this March, he faced two options. He could have a comprehensive surgery and miss four to five months, or he could have a less serious procedure and miss about two. He opted for the latter so he could help his team in May rather than in July. The decision paid off, as the Yankees hit their stride once A-Rod returned to the lineup.
One consequence of the less comprehensive surgery was that Alex would have to undergo another procedure after the season. But Alex has progressed so well this season that his doctor, Mark Philippon, thinks that he might be able to avoid that surgery.
“At this point in time, based on my clinical exam and what I saw in batting practice, I need [to do] a little more tests,” Philippon said. “But so far, I don’t think he will need surgery. . . . Clinically, we can’t be more pleased.”
Philippon said that Rodriguez’s hip was at about 75 to 80 percent when he returned in May, but is near 100 percent today. Avoiding the second surgery would be a big boost for Alex, who not only would avoid another invasive procedure, but would also avoid another long rehab regimen. The Yankees will be glad to have a fresh A-Rod in Spring Training next February.