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George M. Steinbrenner Field is open for business, and while we’re still waiting to hear the first official crack of the bat, these words should be enough to warm your afternoon wherever you are — Yankees pitchers and catchers reported to Tampa today.
The players went through the usual gauntlet of physical tests and checked out their locker assignments – with 84 names on the invited list, the Yankees have had to build a few new ones in the clubhouse – before heading out for the day. The real work begins tomorrow, with the first official workout for pitchers and catchers.
“Everybody talked about the guys that we didn’t sign, but talk about the guys we have coming back,” Yankees ace CC Sabathia said. “Hiro (Hiroki Kuroda) coming back, Andy (Pettitte) coming back, we’ll get Mo (Mariano Rivera) back for a full year. I think we already had the pieces here in place to compete and try to win a championship. We’ll just go with what we’ve got.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi held his first press conference of the spring, and the big news was again about Alex Rodriguez, as Girardi revealed that A-Rod will not be reporting to camp with the Yankees’ position players.
Instead, Rodriguez will be continuing his rehab in New York, which should limit some of the potential distractions that were expected to go along with MLB’s investigation of the Biogenesis case.
Girardi said that he believes the Yankees “could win 95 games and get to the World Series,” and said that “if other clubs want to think we’re vulnerable, that’s OK, but I love the character in that room and the way they find ways to win games.”
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Here are some of the other quick hits from Girardi’s session with the press:
- Girardi is not concerned about the health of Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera. He is, however, curious how the Yankees will find their designated hitter against right-handed pitching. Eduardo Nunez, Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera appear to be the early options.
- Girardi called the spring “a test” for Francisco Cervelli, who must block out the distraction of the Biogenesis investigation while also competing for the Opening Day catcher job.
- Austin Romine should be able to help the Yankees at some point during the season, Girardi said, but he doesn’t know exactly when. Romine said that he intends to make the roster out of Spring Training, but the Yankees have him ticketed for Triple-A right now.
- Girardi said Cervelli, Stewart and Romine should be able to be as good as Russell Martin was defensively.
- Michael Pineda is throwing in camp, but Girardi said he doesn’t expect to see him in a game this spring. The Yankees have been saying that Pineda’s best case scenario is to pitch in the big leagues by May or June.
- Girardi said he’s not worried about his lame duck status as the Yankees’ manager, saying that he’s only concerned with the next 162 games and getting to the World Series. The Yankees will likely hold off until after the season to open contract talks with Girardi.
A person familiar with the diagnosis told The Associated Press that A-Rod was found to have minimal cartilage damage in his left hip during Wednesday’s procedure, a detail that the Yankees did not make public in their post-surgery statement.
Dr. Bryan Kelly said on a Jan. 8 conference call that there were three main areas he’d focus on: reattaching A-Rod’s torn labrum, reshaping the bone to allow better mechanics, and repairing as much cartilage damage as possible.
“One thing is certain: the less permanent damage you have to the cartilage, the greater the probability is for return to pre-injury level of play,” Kelly said.
A-Rod was discharged from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Thursday and his recovery time is expected to be six months.
Dr. Bryan Kelly of the Hospital for Special Surgery did, though, and since he’s going to be performing Alex Rodriguez’s left hip surgery, it’s probably better that we all let him do the talking on this one.
We now know that the date for A-Rod’s surgery is set for Jan. 16 in New York, and many have wondered why there has been such a delay in getting him to the operating table, considering the injury affected him in the playoffs and was diagnosed in November.
The question was asked on a conference call Kelly and the Yankees held tonight. Like Mariano Rivera following his torn ACL in May, Rodriguez has been told to undergo four to six weeks of “pre-hab” strengthening exercises to prepare for surgery. Here’s Kelly offering some background on that:
“The easiest analogy is an ACL tear. If someone ruptures their ACL, the vast majority of orthopedic surgeons – and I’d say this is pretty much the standard of care – is to not operate during the acute injury phase. There’s a lot of inflammation, there’s a lot of bleeding in the joint, there’s a reduction in motion, and anytime there’s bleeding or injuries in a joint, there’s a problem that occurs in the body called arthrogenic pain inhibition which means that pain from the joint shuts down the muscles around it.
“Operating in an environment where there’s a lot of inflammation, a lot of swelling that results in limitations in motion affecting muscular shutdown, really compromises the ability of somebody to recover at a fast rate. When we go to the hip, the same exact principles apply. If you’re operating in an environment where there’s a lot of inflammation, a lot of compensatory shutdown of the muscles secondary to this mechanical problem, then operating earlier actually will frequently result in a more prolonged recovery afterwards because it takes longer for the muscles to respond and recover from the surgery.”
“So the ultimate issue is not, let’s do surgery as soon as possible, but what’s the best strategy to get somebody back to full function the fastest?”
And that explains the “pre-hab.” But there’s more, because with A-Rod, the doctors have also had to consider his 2009 surgery on the right hip and how this new procedure will play into that.
“The second thing is that Alex’s case is complicated by the fact that he has a hip that has already undergone surgery that has been successful. During the immediate post-operative period of time, he’s going to really have to rely on his right hip because there’s a period of protected weight bearing that can last anywhere from 10 days to four weeks, depending on how strong the muscle is going into it.
“We want to minimize the amount of time he’s going to spend relying on his right hip, because the last thing we want to do is compromise the thus-far successfully repaired right hip. He’s got a lot of complicating factors that make timing an issue.”
There you go; hopefully that clears some of the questions up. I’ll be going into more detail about other parts of the two-hour procedure tonight on yankees.com, but here’s one more thing to note:
Kelly’s best guess is that Rodriguez will be back in the Yankees lineup around the All-Star break, but there’s no way to tell for sure. It could be sooner and it could take longer because every patient is different.
NASHVILLE – Alex Rodriguez’s surgically repaired right hip is damaged and the Yankees third baseman will need to have another surgical procedure, according to a report published on Monday by the New York Post.
The Post’s Joel Sherman reported that Rodriguez was playing late in the season and during the playoffs with a tear in his hip and that the surgical procedure will cost him at least part of the 2013 season. The procedure is expected to be performed by Colorado-based specialist Dr. Marc Phillipon.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman mentioned Rodriguez’s hip on Sunday when speaking to reporters in Stamford, Conn., where he was participating in the city’s Heights and Lights holiday event.
“He is always going to have hip issues to deal with. That’s just part of his winter program,” Cashman said.
Rodriguez had hip surgery before the 2009 season and missed the first month of the season, as Philippon repaired the right hip labrum, removed an impingement in the joint and drained a cyst.
At the time, it was believed that Rodriguez would have a follow-up procedure after the ’09 season, but Philippon was so encouraged by Rodriguez’s progress as the Yankees charged to the World Series title that he said the slugger wouldn’t need the second operation.
Rodriguez, 37, has $114 million remaining on a contract that takes him through 2017 with the Yankees.
He batted .272 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs in 122 games for New York last season, but endured a terrible postseason that prompted manager Joe Girardi to repeatedly bench and pinch-hit for the three-time American League MVP.
A third baseman was not thought to be on the Yankees’ shopping list as the Winter Meetings begin on Monday, with the club expected to seek a starting catcher and a right fielder.