Alex Rodriguez will not have surgery on his hip until mid-January. He knew about the injury during the postseason. Why didn't the New York Yankees and Rodriguez schedule something earlier so he would be back in the lineup earlier in 2013?
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, part of the reason is "prehab" that was prescribed to Rodriguez. He says that much like Mariano Rivera, Rodriguez's doctor prescribed several weeks of physical therapy to strengthen the area that will undergo surgery. Of course, the Yankees probably could have moved fast on the issue says Hoch, but the prehab is what pushed the surgery out so far.
The Yankees also sought a second opinion on Rodriguez's hip before he even started the physical therapy. GM Brian Cashman said they wanted to be as sure as they possibly could about the right course of action.
"We obviously wanted to take it step by step [with Rodriguez]," Cashman said. "It was important to us to get a second opinion and get an evaluation, comparative and have conference calls with all the doctors involved and talk through all the options, to make certain that we're going to be doing the right thing here."Rodriguez struggled in 2012. He was on the disabled list for an extended period with a fractured hand, and apparently he had been battling the hip issue for some time. Rodriguez hit just .272/.353/.430 with 18 home runs in 2012.
It's important that the Yankees get Rodriguez back to 100 percent. They still owe him approximately $115 million on his contract. And with the new Yankees fiscal policy, they do not seem willing to eat that contract and move Rodriguez. Perhaps the surgery will help return him to form.