Alex Rodriguez's injury news kicked off the Winter Meetings with a bang. It was announced last week that Rodriguez had been playing with damage to his left hip and would undergo surgery this offseason that would keep him out four to six weeks. We now know when he will have the surgery.
According to Jeff Bradley of the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Rodriguez will have hip surgery in mid-January. He announced the timeframe yesterday. The All-Star third baseman says he is not concerned about the surgery or the lengthy recovery time.
“I’m actually, in many ways, relieved that there’s something tangible that we can go fix. I am fully committed to a very hard road back,” Rodriguez said.Rodriguez had surgery on his right hip in 2009. He responded well after the procedure and the Yankees went on to win the World Series. He is older now, and the injury this time is considered to be more severe. Therefore, some are concerned about how Rodriguez will be when he returns. Of course, the flip side to that line of thinking is the possibility that he can return to form once he's healthy. He was not good in 2012.
Rodriguez hit .272/.353/.430 with just 18 home runs last season. He struggled similarly in 2010, but he still managed to hit 30 home runs that season. In the past two years combined, though, Rodriguez has hit just 33 home runs.