After a consultation with famed doctor Marc Philippon, it was announced this week that Alex Rodriguez will not need a second surgery this offseason on his right hip. Rodriguez missed the World Baseball Classic and the first 6 weeks of the regular MLB season because of torn cartilage.
At the time, the Yankees, Rodriguez and Philippon tried to avoid a more extensive, season-ending surgery by performing a less invasive surgery that would cause Rodriguez to only miss 6-8 weeks of the regular season and have a second follow-up procedure after the season ended.
However, a MRI indicated this week that the first surgery had done enough and that the hip had properly healed. At the time, many questioned whether this was the right move for Rodriguez and the Yankees and it turned out it was. The Yankees turned their season completely around after A-Rod joined the team in May, and he was the best hitter in the Yankee lineup this postseason, hitting .365 with 6 home runs and 18 RBI – tied for a major league post-season record.