Alex Rodriguez to have hip surgery Jan. 16, won’t return until after All-Star break
New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez is set to have surgery on his left hip Jan. 16, leaving his return date to the team until at least after the All-Star break.
Dr. Brian Kelly, who is performing the operation, said the 37-year-old has a torn labrum, bone impingement and a cyst, according to the Associated Press. “Optimistically, he should come back after the All-Star break,” said Kelly on a conference call. “It would be great if he returns faster. Possible that it would take longer,” he said.
According to ESPN, Kelly also said they won’t know the true extent of the injury until they operate on him, and that factor is what makes it uncertain if A-Rod could even make a full recovery.
A-Rod had a disappointing postseason last October, where he hit 5 for 43, struck out 18 times, was benched for three games and was pinch hit for three times. Kelly said the injury was a major contributor to his poor performance.
Coming off a season where health was a major problem for the team, A-Rod’s health is especially important, as he still has five years left on his $275 million, 10 year contract.