Alex Rodriguez is expected to undergo a two-hour hip surgery today to repair a torn labrum and the doctor said it's optimistic that A-Rod will be out until after the All-Star break.
Dr. Bryan Kelly will need a couple of hours today to assess the damage done to his hip, specifically looking at a torn labrum, bone impingement and a cyst. The surgery will be performed by Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, according to a report Wednesday morning from MLB.com. Kelly said it's likely that A-Rod will miss half the season:
"I like to tell people six months is a reasonable time frame for return to play when we're doing the procedure we're discussing with a bone correction. Optimistically speaking, what we're hoping for is for him to be able to return after the All-Star break."
His injuries were identified in November and have limited his ability to rotate his hips and thus limited his performance in the playoffs, in which he batted .120 with 12 strikeouts against the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers. Kelly said that had surgery been done earlier, the recovery would actually have taken longer. Rodriguez also had hip surgery in 2009. Meanwhile, the Yankees' Derek Jeter is currently rehabbing his ankle but said he expects to be ready for opening day against the Boston Red Sox on April 1, according to a report yesterday from The New York Daily News.