Yankees third base-man Alex Rodriguez, who struggled terribly this year, has yet suffered another setback, well, in his quest of getting back to rare top-shape form. The slugger will need a surgery on his left hip this coming January (he had one previously on his right in ’09), and even though it’s going to be a long road ahead of him, he remains optimistic and relieved that he’s getting it out of the way:
“I’m not concerned,” Rodriguez told The Associated Press. “I’m actually, in many ways, relieved that there’s something tangible that we can go fix.” His surgery is more complex, since it’ll repair not only a torn labrum but also a bone impingement and a cyst. The surgery is next month because it was determined he needed some time to strengthen the hip first.
“I am fully committed to a very hard road back,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve done it before in ’09 and it was a great result, both on a personal level and on a team level, more importantly. I take it as a great challenge and I’m excited for the challenge.”
Just how bad did the $275 million dollar man do with this undetected…nagging hip injury of his? Well, try something meager as this:
He batted .120 (3 for 25) with no RBIs in last season’s playoffs, including 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handed pitchers.