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
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MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090305&content_id=3921752
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http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/images/2009/03/08/XzWmb6zb.jpg – Getty/Uncredited
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http://www.preschoolcoloringbook.com – Christa Koch (alterations by me)
For a guy who takes everything said about him so personally, I would suppose Alex Rodriguez would have wanted to disappear for a few weeks until the media feeding frenzy moves on to some other victim.
But I doubt he’d want it to have happened this way.
After reporting a stiffness in his right hip, Rodriguez has found himself in a dangerous, potentially life threatening situation involving a, thankfully, benign cyst.
However, after consulting with specialist Dr. Marc Philippon in Vail, Colo., Rodriguez had the cyst aspirated on Thursday.
While having the cyst examined, it was revealed that Rodriguez was also suffering from a torn labrum.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, “The socket of your hip joint (acetabulum) is lined by cartilage
called your labrum. This cartilage provides stability and cushioning
for your hip joint, allowing the ball of your thighbone (femur) to move
smoothly and painlessly in the socket.
“A tear in your labrum, known as a hip labral tear or acetabular
labral tear, can result from injury, repetitive movements that cause
wear-and-tear on your hip joint, or degeneration, such as from
For an active ballplayer, this looks to be a routinely plausible in jury. The Mayo Clinic also says, “When treatment for a hip labral tear is necessary, it may consist of
physical therapy, medications or a combination. Less frequently,
surgery is necessary to treat a hip labral tear.”
If Rodriguez needs the surgery, it would have to be a pretty serious tear.
He has subsequently been yanked from the Dominican Republic’s World Baseball Classic, which should further to raise the ire of his former Dominican fans who felt snubbed when Rodriguez opted to play for the United States in the ’06 Classic.
Should Rodriguez choose to undergo the surgery, who will the Yankees use in his stead? Obviously there is no player who could completely fill the void that would be created by the absence of the former 3-time MVP.
This brings me to a bit of a hypothetical situation.
Let’s play a game I like to call EXTREME GEE EMM.
It works like this: I feed you a few hypothetical guidelines. You make the moves necessary to build the best team. You post your thoughts in a response. We bicker about it. We hope it never happens.
If Rodriguez requires surgery and opted to undergo the procedure now, he would, hypothetically, be ready for a return near the time of the all star break. In the meantime, there would be a vacancy at third base.
Since we are playing with hypothetical situations, let’s also suppose that trading for an outside player is not an option. This is a big hypothetical, because this is rarely ever the case. But if we want to play EXTREME GEE EMM, we have to be able to play with the highest stakes possible.
So if the Yankees have to replace possibly the best baseball player in history (that should churn some fires in of itself!) with a prospect or current position player already in the organization.
Do you move Xavier Nady to third and put Swisher in right field?
Do you put your chips on a daredevil stunt of putting a natural outfielder like Shelly Duncan in the corner?
Do you move Tiexeira from first to third and pull Swisher to the front?
Do you put your hope in former rookie of the year, Angel Berroa?
Do you give the reigns to, as Johnny Damon claims, the “best athlete on the team” in Cody Ransom?
Do you try shifting Juan Miranda across the field?
Do you bypass juggling players and just slot Nick Swisher in the corner and hope for the best?
What would YOU do? How would YOU solve this puzzle?
Mayo Clinic – http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hip-labral-tear/DS00920
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090305&content_id=3921752
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