Update: A-Rod undergoes hip surgery, expected to miss six months


Friday: The cartilage damage in A-Rod‘s hip was minimal according to Dan Martin. The doctors were unable to assess the extent of the damage until the procedure, and the recovery time depended on the condition of the cartilage. So, good news.

Wednesday: Alex Rodriguez underwent his left hip surgery today and things “went as planned and without complication,” the team announced. A full recovery is expected to take six months, meaning he won’t return until after the All-Star break. No surprises here, the real news would be if things didn’t go according to plan or if the recovery time was something other than six months.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. dalelama says:

    Glad to see this piece of human garbage could fit it into his schedule.

    • LK says:

      I have a similar reaction to you finding time to make this comment.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      The real surprise would have been if dalelama wasn’t the first commenter. Luckily, we were spared that fate.

    • MannyGeee says:

      you’re the worst. Seriously.

      We ignore the fact that he fleeced an unintelligent owner into overpaying him after hitting MULTIPLE 50 HR seasons…

      We ignore the fact that he got hurt and not on purpose, and not crashing his car into a bus full of orphans and nuns while high on Meth, not out on a trampoline, not playing basketball or shooting himself in the leg, or stabbing dudes in a nightclub, or sexually assaulting women in Colorado. Nope, got hurt playing baseball. What a prick.

      We ignore the fact that if he COULD have gotten it sooner, I’m sure he would have, but the “PRE-HAB” doesnt play into your narrative. Yup, reeeeeal piece of shit.

      We ignore the fact that the rehab schedule (not the A-Rod schedule) is 6 months. Stop being so lazy and followin ghte rules the doctor set in place!!!

      All of that aside, you think he’s human garbage.

      You. Are. The. Worst.

      • Big Jim Walewander says:

        I’m slow-clapping this so hard right now…

      • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

        I don’t think Dalelama really believes what he posts about Arod, it’s just become his shtick at this point so he just continues to run with it

      • dalelama says:

        You ignore the fact he got the fat contract due to steroid driven performance, in other words he cheated his way to riches under false pretenses.

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          You have no proof he ever did steroids while a Yankee.

        • MannyGeee says:

          Actually, you ignore that he got his contract based on solid play from 2004-2007, where there is ZERO proof he did steroids. And its easy to ignore that based on your narrative driven performance fueled by your self righteousness for no real reason…

    • Get Phelps Up says:


  2. trr says:

    play nice!

    (unlike A-Rod, who won’t effing play at all this year)

  3. TomH says:

    Good luck with the recovery, ARod. The Yankees need you.

  4. Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

    Let’s hope that whatever loss of function in his left hip was corrected by this procedure (since pain apparently wasn’t the issue) and he can continue as an above average 3rd basemen for the next few years and not the shell of himself that he was in the playoffs.

    One thing I’m confident of is that he’ll work his ass off to get back.

  5. Reggie C. says:

    I haven’t followed the details on Arod’s hip condition, so i’ve got to ask: Is it degenerative?

    At the end of the day, Arod is or at least was one of the best athletes in the game. He’ll recover and though his performance upon return will likely continue to show a marked decrease in power at the plate, i’m hoping that the pre ’14 off-season rehabs Arod and we get to see a rebound to a +.800 OPS.

  6. Upstate Yanks says:

    I’ll take the over on the months…he wont play this year

    • mitch says:

      I actually agree with this. The whole situation is very sketchy. I have a feeling we won’t see him on the field for a while.

    • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

      I think it’s pretty pessimistic to say he won’t play again this year.

      I’m not sure how much the Yankees will ask him to play 3rd base, especially if Youkalis is healthy, but I do think Arod will get a good amount of ABs after the All Star break, at least as DH.

      • mitch says:

        Definitely a pessimistic view…i just have a gut feeling that it won’t work out well. 6 months from now is mid-July. If he could provide two months of DH play i’d be happy.

        • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

          I hope your gut feeling is indigestion because the Yankees could really use a healthy and effective Arod, even if it’s only as a part time 3rd baseman and DH.

          • mitch says:

            Definitely…especially when you consider the chances of Youkilis staying healthy all year are slim

            • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

              He’s had over 500 PA’s the last 2 years and his lowest amount was 435 in 2010 going all the way back to 2006 so I think it’s reasonable to expect him to give the Yankees 500 PAs this year and I’d be satisfied with that.

      • LK says:

        Yeah I don’t really have a lot of doubt that he’ll make it back at some point this year. The issue is whether he’ll be able to stay healthy once he does.

      • Laz says:

        My feeling is that when Arod does come back, he will spend most of his time at DH. Keep in mind that they will still have him under control for 4 years after this season, so they are going to do whatever possible to keep him healthy. Youk they only control for 1 more season, if it creates a health issue for him 3 years down the line they really don’t care. No need have Arod needlessly out in the field if they have an adequate replacement.

        • dalelama says:

          Do you have to remind us we are stuck with Aroid for 4 more years? This year’s outlook is bleak enough without being reminded our hands are tied for another 4 years.

          • WhittakerWalt says:

            Aroid (AY-Royd): derogatory term for Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. The term is a portmanteau of “A-Rod” (Rodriguez’s actual nickname) and “steroids” (a performance-enhancing substance Rodriguez admits to using while a Texas Ranger).

            This pejorative is used exclusively by fans of the Boston Red Sox and/or the New York Mets. It’s never used by Yankee fans, who know better.

    • trr says:

      agreed, perhaps never again. it won’t stop him from limping to the bank though-

    • dalelama says:

      I predicted he wouldn’t return this year a month ago….The guy will do only the minimum required to get paid.

  7. MannyGeee says:

    Could use a little stem call here… paging Dr Colon. Dr Bartolo Colon, room 3.

    • MannyGeee says:

      try stem CELL, genius

    • Ted Nelson says:

      No idea if it would necessarily help here, but didn’t A-Rod get some stem cell treatment on his knee himself?

      • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

        Not stem cells but a slight variation on the platlet rich plasma treatment from a doctor in Germany.

      • LK says:

        I thought it was the treatment that Kobe Bryant got in Germany, no? If so, I believe that uses the patient’s blood (after spinning it in a centrifuge) but not stem cells. Could be wrong, though.

      • MannyGeee says:

        SHUT UP YOU ASSHOLE!!!!!!!

        /Everyone Piles on Ted for no reason’d

        But seriously, i was being sarcastic. He did get the knee done, as per suggestion from his bff Kobe. \

        Is the knee issue part of the cause for the hip issue? Speaking from experience (watching my father battle hips my whole life), you start favoring one to compensate for weakness in the other and all of the sudden they’re both shit.

  8. Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)) says:

    Silver lining, payroll wise: Odds are he doesn’t get the homer bonus for 714 in 2014.

    • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

      Yeah but there’s a decent chance he’ll get the $6 million bonus for 660 in 2014.

      We have to hope he hits at least 13 HRs this year.

    • trr says:

      ya think?
      he may not even pass Willie

      • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)) says:

        Nah, he’ll definitely get to 660 by next season at some point. He’s only like 13 away now.

        • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

          I’m not so sure about that. He hit 18 last year in 529 PAs over 122 games. If he comes back in mid-late July, what’s the most he could play, 60-70 games and get 325-350 PA’s.

          I think it could be pretty close.

  9. Preston says:

    I root for A-Rod a lot more now than I used to. He used to be a player I was glad to have on the team because he was really good. His struggles, the media bashing, and the fan vitriol have humanized him and made me pull for him in a way that just wasn’t possible 2004-2008. So thanks for that stuart a, dalelama and Wally Mathews.

    • LK says:

      A-Rod might be the only player I can think of that is hated both by fans of all other teams and many fans of his own team. A titan of the game that has become so underappreciated.

      • mitch says:

        He’s definitely disliked by most, but i don’t think he’s underappreciated. I think most people recognize that he’s one of greatest players of all time.

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          They sure don’t talk about him as if he’s great. They only focus on a handful of at-bats in the postseason, and then only the games where he didn’t do well. Everything else gets ignored. Apparently the bad ABs represent the “real” A-Rod.

          • Laz says:

            Agreed. Even when he has outperformed several other big free agents in the playoffs. He is a rare talent, that was one of best hitters, but could also steal bases, and play at one of hardest defensive positions.

            • WhittakerWalt says:

              Imagine if people only judged Derek Jeter based on the postseason series’s when he was terrible, and ignored the rest. Jeter’s had plenty of postseasons where he was horrible, but his supposed “clutchness” is all anyone talks about.

        • LK says:

          How many people do you know that would say A-Rod is a better player than Pujols (not right now, over their careers)? I know a lot of people that scoff at even comparing the two, but objectively A-Rod’s been substantially better through age 32, by both bWAR and fWAR. It’s possible that the public at large underrates him less than the people I talk to though.

    • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

      Exactly. He’s been so unfairly demonized that he’s actually become a sympathetic character even though some of the criticisms he’s brought upon himself.

      I think of him as a historically great player who really is focused on winning and I hope he proves all of his critics wrong.

      • trr says:

        i pray (in vain) for him to retire. his greed is sucking the team dry. speaking of sucking, why is Hank keeping such a low profile these days?

        • LK says:

          Ah, yes, his “greed.” Because we’d all gladly give up $100M. Don’t blame A-Rod for the front office’s stupidity.

        • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

          Seriously dude, how could you fault Arod for accepting that contract? Hank is the one to blame here.

          No one in any walk of life is going to say no if their boss offers them a huge contract even if it is ridiculous.

          • dalelama says:

            He got the contract under false pretenses…If his admitted steroid cheating was known at the time does anyone think he would have gotten that ridiculous extention? My, my how we overlook the cheating of a cheat on OUR team.

            • WhittakerWalt says:

              David Wright did steroids?

            • Evan3457 says:

              No one’s overlooking anything. We simply aren’t making the center of our baseball analysis concerning A-Rod.

            • Harris says:

              THIS. I agree with you despite all the Arod apologists that seem to be taking over this thread. They should have been able to void his contract once it came out that he was a steroid user.

              • WhittakerWalt says:

                I want you to understand something:

                There is a huge difference between being an A-Rod apologist and being someone like dalelama (whose dog was clearly run over by A-Rod at some point in the distant past). We can support Rodriguez without condoning his misdeeds.

                Personally, I’ve always disliked him. When he was a Mariner I hated him. When he was a Ranger I hated him.

                I tolerate him now because he’s the third baseman on my team, and he’s one of the greatest players of all time, but I’ve never liked him. He’s on my team, so I support him. He’s on my team, so I root for him. He’s on my team, so I’m going to defend him when an insane trolling Mets fan like dalelama comes in and gets his crazy stink all over every freaking A-Rod thread.
                I ain’t no apologist, I just stick up for the guys on my team, especially in the face of psycho trolls like dalelama and stuart.

        • MannyGeee says:

          Blame management for chasing the carrot A-Rod dangled by a stick. NO ONE was giving him $300M. NO ONE. He did what any smart super talented athlete would do. Grab every penny while he had his health on his side.

          Don’t be so goddam self righteous, I doubt you’re leaving any money on the table down at the A&P when you go to work…

  10. mustang says:

    Good luck in your recovery Mr. Rodriguez.

    Hate you or like you,

    Dick or not,

    We are stuck with you,

    So what the fuck.

  11. Sam says:

    The math:

    The actual value of A Rod’s expected 2013 performance on the free market – 70% of this years contract value. = how much we’ll see Alex this year.

    That said, hoping A Rod’s recovery and rehab goes well and he returns a solid performer for the team.

  12. There's the Door says:

    It says here no championships until ARod is off the books.

  13. lou in the bronx says:

    A-rod’s a bum. He had sex with madonna 20 years too late. Not to mention his addiction to very manly woman.

  14. Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)) says:

    I agree w/ just about everything Preston said above. When we first got A-Rod, I was happy to have one of the greatest players of all time on the team. However, at the same time I disliked him because ACL injury or not, I was 13 and months earlier Aaron Boone had just become my hero and Alex was replacing him. Over the years I was grateful for how awesome he was on the field, but off the field he struck me as a douche. Now after seeing him literally break down and fall apart while trying to help the team, only to have fans and writers bash on him constantly, I can’t help but feel bad for the dude.

    • Betty Lizard says:

      I am looking forward to Alex’s return to the team. I love the guy, both because of his raw talent and because of his frightening high baseball IQ (I remember an interview where ARod was reminding Andy Pettitte, in detail, of various pitches Andy had thrown in the game). And I appreciate his dry sense of humor and the work he does to give back to the community.

      So yeah, I really miss him and am rooting for his successful return.

    • Herby says:

      I can agree with most of what you said. I think his steroid admission brought him back down to earth some, and made him a little more humble. Unfortunately he became more likable and his numbers started to slip, and more of the haters started to come out. Can’t say I’ve been totally innocent in my frustrations with him either, but I do wish him well and hope he can come back strong.

      • dalelama says:

        Steroid use stops numbers drop….Hmmmm, amazing what happens to cheaters when they can no longer cheat. Aroid has produced fewer WS titles per salary dollar than anyone ever to win a Series.

  15. Endlessjose says:

    At least the yankees will get insurance so thats good news for the cheap Yankees.

  16. Grover says:

    As the Yanks are likely to see Bucholtz and Dempster during their opening series of the season, I am more interested in who the left handed dh is and who the left handed pinch hitter is who bats for the starting catcher when they are down by one in the seventh inning? Get well Arod.

  17. Hoss says:

    Red Sox are closing in on getting Napoli to do a 1-year deal. Where is “Ninja” Cashman? Watching Javy Vasquez in Puerto Rico? It’s time to swoop in…

    I sure hope that the FO has something planned for catcher this year other than Stewart and Cervelli, because that is truly pathetic.

  18. Mike Cutler says:

    Arod Granderson Heatcott Adams and Turley for Carlos Gonzalez and Tyler Colvin!

  19. Mike Cutler says:

    We eat half arods contract I meant to add. . .

  20. Jim Is Bored says:

    Oh my god this thread was one big dalelama orgasm.

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