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Mar 8 – A Course of Action: Surgery on Monday for A-Rod

yankees-logo-script(Tampa, FL) – The Yanks finally made the decision.  Alex Rodriguez will have arthroscopic hip surgery Monday and is expected to miss six to nine weeks. A-Rod however will need further surgery after the season but for now the Yanks have a plan and if he heals on the short side of the estimate he can be back on the field by the end of April.

The diagnosis by Dr. Marc Philippon on Sunday brought some closure to a chaotic month for the 3rd baseman and the Yanks. Philippon is confident in the “85-90 percent range” that Rodriguez will be able to play through the entire regular season.

The decision eliminates the option of Rodriguez treating the injury with rest and rehab and playing through the season without surgery. This operation, however, will not completely correct the hip.  The full surgery would have sidelined Rodriguez three to four months.

Philippon attributed the labrum tear to the rotational stress that Rodriguez — “a very strong hitter, strong batter”—places on his hip.   “Because of all the test findings, analysis, the function of Alex, I feel it’s in his best interest to have his labrum repaired, remove part of his impingement and therefore stabilize his labrum,” he said. “The goal here is to allow Alex to rehab rapidly in a safe manner.”

A-Rod will stay in Colorado for the foreseeable future. “We’ll keep Alex with us certainly for the first few weeks,” said Philippon. “The main reason being we’re going to put him on the fast track so we will be very aggressive on his rehab. We’ll check on Alex twice a day.”

So the plan is set and now the Yanks can focus on getting ready for the opener and knowing what their needs are at third base.

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