A-Rod surgery goes as planned
Alex Rodriguez underwent successful surgery on his right hip on Monday and is expected to return to the Yankees lineup within six to nine weeks.
Dr. Marc Philippon performed the one hour, 20-minute procedure at the Vail Valley Surgery Center in Vail, Colo., and said that Rodriguez will be able to check out of the hospital later in the day.
“Alex is doing very well,” Philippon said on a conference call with reporters. “The surgery went exactly as planned, and we will start him on his rehab this afternoon.”
Philippon said he repaired a torn labrum in Rodriguez’s right hip and also addressed cartilage from a paralabral cyst, both of which had restricted Rodriguez’s movement dating back to last season.
“There were no surprises,” Philippon said. “It was exactly what we prepared for.”
Rodriguez will be on the fast track to returning to baseball shape, beginning range of motion exercises and riding a stationary bicycle later Monday.
He will continue working on muscle exercises using small resistance for the rest of the week, and by Sunday, he could begin handling a bat.
“There is no doubt in our minds that this was the best option for Alex and for the Yankees,” Philippon said.