As reported earlier, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was slated to undergo surgery today on a balky hip that lingered throughout the final months of the 2012 season, most notably affecting his post season performance. A news release by the Yankees confirms that the procedure “went as planned and without complication.” Performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York by Dr. Bryan Kelly, the two-hour surgery focused on fixing Rodriguez's torn labrum and an impingement in his left hip, the drive hip in the right-hander's swing.
According to a collaborative report by ESPNNewYork.com senior writers Andrew Marchand and Wallace Matthews, it is anticipated that Rodriguez will be released on Thursday and could begin a closely-watched and lengthy rehabilitation program thereafter,
“Rodriguez is expected to be released from the hospital Thursday and will begin a supervised rehabilitation program under Kelly and a physical therapist. It is expected that a full recovery will take six months, which will put A-Rod's return right around his 38th birthday on July 27.”
In lieu of Rodriguez's long-term absence, newly signed third baseman Kevin Youkilis becomes an important piece of the Yankees puzzle and will assume full-time duties at third base while Rodriguez recovers. Even upon his return, it's not out of the question to speculate Rodriguez will mostly assume a DH role.
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