[Brian] Cashman just said A-Rod will need the surgery at some point. The tear won't just heal.Cashman:
They're hoping he can get through the season then have it. So this could be an issue all year.
There are two courses of action. Treat it conservative with rest and rehab, or surgery. We're treating it conservatively. ... We are hoping he can play with it. That's the gray area, that's what we are all trying to figure out. He's such an asset that we want to try this way first.Looking at the 2009 season -- to say nothing of the next nine years of Rodriguez's contract -- why not get this taken care of right now and have Slappy back after the All-Star break? A "wait and see" approach seems like a big gamble. But, again, the MFY have not made a final final decision. They could still decide on surgery next week.
ESPN's Stephania Bell, on the reported recovery times of 6-8 or 10 weeks:
If Alex Rodriguez is set to undergo surgery on his injured hip, as reported today, he faces a lengthy recovery that could keep him out of action longer than the reported 10 weeks. The reported recovery period suggests an underlying injury, perhaps to the labrum. Labral tears of the hip are usually the result of repetitive trauma, and in the case of a power hitter the rapid torsion that the hips are repeatedly subjected to during the bat-swinging process is the likely culprit. ...It will also be about 19 weeks for Mike Lowell, as well.
[I]f he does have a labral tear, it's a more complex situation. [Chase] Utley, for one, had labral surgery in late November and is optimistic that he'll be ready for Opening Day. "Optimistic" is not "certain," though, and the time lapse between Utley's surgery and Opening Day will be 19 weeks, not 10.