After taking a day off from making headlines, ALEX RODRIGUEZ has finally done something smart. Opting to undergo a minor surgery now, with a promise for a more invasive surgery after the season, Rodriguez is expected to miss only six to nine weeks.
Not only was choosing to have the surgery done now, earlier on in the season, a smart move, Rodriguez also did not publicly comment on the surgery. Dr. Marc Phillipon, the hip specialist responsible for fast-tracking the procedure, did all the talking in an article written MLB.com beat reporter Bryan Hoch.
“The goal here is to allow Alex to rehab rapidly in a safe manner,”
Philippon said. “The approach we’re using is much safer than letting
Alex play the way he is now.”
Rodriguez is expected to spend the first few week in Vail, Colo. to
undergo rehabilitation that is a “hybrid” experiment.
“Because of all the tests, findings, analysis and function of Alex, I
feel it’s in his best interest to have his labrum repaired, remove part
of his impingement at the same time and, therefore, stabilize his
labrum,” Philippon said. “[The procedure will] remove a little bit of
the impingement, and by doing this, we will contain the cyst. The goal
here is to stabilize Alex’s labrum, remove a little bit of the
impingement and allow him to have more freedom of movement in his hip.”
Philippon has performed similar procedures on and treated such
sports stars as golfer Greg Norman and figure skater Tara Lipinski.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said, during a press conference call, that Philippon’s expertise gave Rodriguez comfort “that
this was not only a legitimate option, but the best one.”
With Rodriguez out of action for only a brief period of time, expect to see more of CODY RANSOM, the man chosen to fill Rodriguez’s big, expensive, shoes. Ransom, 33, is a journeyman infielder who has been hitting exceptionally well as a Yankee between his time spent as a back up last year and his Spring Training showing.
Ransom hit .302 with four home runs and eight RBIs in 33 games for the
Yankees last season as a utility man, including three starts at third
base. He has logged just 183 big league at-bats with three organizations.
In 20 at bats of spring training baseball, Ransom is currently batting .300 with six hits, five runs, and a stolen base. Teammate Johnny Damon has been a vocal supporter of Ransom, even claiming him to be the “best athlete on the team.”
In other news, MANNY RAMIREZ has written a book.
Seriously now ….
He’s a great
athlete hitter and all, but I didn’t even know he could read, let along write.
At first I thought it was a hoax. Then I thought maybe it was a Manny themed coloring book.
But this is a real-deal, I-wanna-be-a-bitter-clown-like-Joe-Torre expose’ of his former team.
In a report by MLB.com associate reporter Alden Gonzalez, excerpts from “Becoming Manny” have been released to the press.
In typical fashion, Manny, with the help of a few journalists, chronicle Manny’s Beantown adventures and his eventual forray into Dodgertown USA, and his eventual settling into Mannywood.
One note I really found thought provoking is how Manny claimed to have lost his best buddy Pedro Martinez, who is currently auditioning for a Major League role with an outstanding performance in the World Baseball Classic.
Perhaps we could see Manny and Pedro reunite … under Joe Torre.
I’m sure Torre could lead another all star team to the playoffs and find a way to blow it for them, too.
What a bunch of clowns.
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090308&content_id=3942546
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090308&content_id=3945254
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090305&content_id=3921752
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090308&content_id=3942784
http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/images/2009/03/08/XzWmb6zb.jpg – Getty/Uncredited
http://img.fannation.com/upload/si_blog_post_images/25021/arod.jpg – AP/Uncredited
http://www.preschoolcoloringbook.com – Christa Koch (alterations by me)