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
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090303&content_id=3914670
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