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A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: December 28, 2011 2:29 pm
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Alex Rodriguez Kobe Bryant

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Apparently Alex Rodriguez's most trusted medical advisor is Kobe Bryant.

On Bryant's advice, Rodriguez went to Germany to undergo a therapy called Orthokine on his right knee and his shoulder, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman confirms. Rodriguez underwent the procedure last month, but first cleared in with the commissioner' office to get the OK, Heyman was told. Rodriguez also gained permission from the Yankees before going to Europe for the treatment, where it was earlier in December.

Orthokine is a process that takes the blood from the patient's arm, spins it in a centrifuge and then into the problem area. Bryant underwent the same treatment last summer on his right knee and then again in October in his left ankle.

"A lot of athletes I've talked to really think this stuff works, but we really don't have a lot of scientific knowledge behind it of exactly what's happening," Dr. Jonathan Glashow, the co-chief of sports medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, told the Post. "It's a great way to reduce inflammation and therefore pain, and that's the essence of it. I think a lot of the athletes who have wear-and-tear on their knees benefit from this. You do it for a while and if it doesn't stay good you do it again in a few years."

Rodriguez had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in July. After the surgery, he hit .191/.345/.353 with three homers in 19 games and 84 plate appearances during the regular season and just .111/.261/.111 in the ALDS against the Tigers.

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Comments

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 2:14 pm
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

I hope the Angels are watching. Watch the huge drop off of the great AROD as the years go by. Tis is what they can expect with Albert. Arod will now play about 102 games a year because his body is breaking down do to his CONSTANT Roid usage.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:11 am
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

is this sports news? thisis what old forlks do. sit around talk about their medical procedures.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 5:32 pm
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

Once a cheater......

Hopefully the HOF voters stick to their guns and never elect him the the Hall of Fame.  Same with Sosa, Clemens, Bonds.  Even though some had Hall of Fame careers before their heads ballooned, they cheated.  They robbed others of incentives, awards, and championships.  How about Will Clark?  Lost his one and only World Series to the juice brothers.  My opinion, Bonds, Sosa, Clemens, and Aroid never see the Hall of Fame.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 5:28 pm
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

Baby Boomers were born from 1946-1964.  Probably just a typo.



Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 5:42 pm
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

only thing Europe is ahead of us on medically is masking roids.....he went there to get HGH and other treatments so he can try to be superman for the yankoffs.  Trouble is, third base will be full of kryptonite this year.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 4:56 pm
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

Baseball contracts are not guaranteed. You can buy out a portion of the contract if the player agreed to it in the contract. It all depends on what is in the contract exactly. It is not uncommon for players to have certain conditions attached to the contract that allows the team to release the player. Remember Ivan Rodriguez's first contract with Detroit? He was required to play a certain number of games and be free of back injuries otherwise they can opt out or release him with only having to pay a small portion of the buyout.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 4:50 pm
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

This one made me laugh



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 2:41 pm
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

Du bist ein Berliner



Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:44 pm
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

I don't understand why these guys are going to Germany to get this done. You can get it done in almost any major city in the US. If I want a shot of Orthokine (know here as PRP) I can just go to my family physician here in Portland, OR or any other of the dozen or so providers that offer it. The difference here in the states is the shots will cost me a couple of hundred dollars to have it done here in Portland. If I go to the east coast it will cost a couple of thousand.



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:27 pm
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

A-Rod and Kobe baby boomers?  FYI the "boomers" were born between 1946 and 1954.  I believe A-Rod and Kobe were born in 1975-76 somewhere around there making them Gen Xers.  As for yourself I'm guessing you are a Gen M.  The M standing for MORON.  Alex Rodriguez and Kobe Bryant are Icons in the sports world and have nothing left to prove to anyone.  They both are able to compete at a high level because of will, desire, guts, determination, steriods or goofball treatments.  I don't really care what they take or do I will pay money to see them play.  I would like to see Canadian Hockey players tested for everything under the sun and take off all those wussie ass pads and helmets.  Codeine over the counter in Canada (222's) wonder what else they sell over the counter up there.  Yeah getting old is a bitch but don't think A-Rod and Kobe will be in some soup line.  Now those hockey puck schmucks north of the border no doubt will be choking on their own drool and not be able to add 2 + 2 in some nursing home at about age 45.  But they wouldn't be able to add 2 + 2 now either!


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