Thursday, March 5, 2009

A-Rod To Miss 10 Weeks?

ESPN Deportes is reporting that A-Rod is going to need hip surgery and will be out of action for 10 weeks. The site is in Spanish but here's a translation of the main paragraph, done with an online translator:

EDGING -- Alex Rodriguez only will not be lost to play with Dominican Republic in the World Classic of Baseball, but the first month of the season with the Yankees would be lost of New York after a medical exam revealed that should be operated immediately of a cyst in the hip, a brother of the ballplayer said to
To-Rod would be able to be inactive until May Joe Rodriguez reported that TO-Rod will be operated Monday in Red and would need near 10 weeks to be rehabilitated.

Take this for what it's worth because it hasn't been confirmed yet and ESPN Deportes has been wrong before. The Yankees have yet to comment and until they do, I'm taking it with a grain of salt. My first impression is that I don't buy it. The Yankees had to be aware of this and you'd think that they would have been more pro-active in making sure it wasn't an issue. He's been playing with it all spring and it hasn't seemed to bother him. If the report is true, it could be a huge blow to the Yankees offense. Taking the best player out of the lineup for 2 months is going to have a big impact. They'll be OK if the pitching performs up to expectations and right now there's no reason to think it won't. The pitching is no longer a weakness so the Yankees don't necessarily have to outslug everyone to win.

More on this as it develops.

Peace, love and Pinstripes,



Anonymous said...

My guess is it turns out to be more like a 6-8 week thing. Get it done, and get it out of the way early.

It's not the kind of loss they can't overcome, provided the pitching staff stays healthy. In a weird way, it may actually be a help for the team because they can find their identity and get the season started without all of the A-Rod stuff coming up every series for the first month.

The worrisome thing is that the Yankees don't have any organizational depth at 3rd, and it's not a particularly deep position throughout the league. Nothing about Ransom suggests that he's an everyday player, and I'm not sure who'd be available in a trade if they decide to go that route.

In the end, I think it'll be all right. Just gotta keep pitching.

Bronx Baseball Daily said...

Too bad that his cousin didn't break the news.

dino said...

a-rod needs to stop with the relatives.....out until may isnt first reaction was the seasons fucked, which was a reactionary pissed off that i think about it, its not the worst thing in the world, better to have it happen now and have a month to work on replacing him for however long it might be. i know oakland wants bobby crosby gone, so the yanks could look to get crosby as a-rods replacement for the time being, and then be an infield reserve....cody ransom wont cut it for 6-8 weeks.....mark grudzalanek is available, dont know if he can play third least they have a month to do something is all i can say.