A-Rod to undergo hip surgery Jan. 16; what caused his injury?

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
A-Rod finally has a surgery date. (Getty Images)

Alex Rodriguez seemed to have no clear time frame last week on when he would undergo surgery to repair his injured hip, but now the date has been set: Jan. 16, tweets MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Rodriguez needs surgery to repair his left hip, which, according to his surgeon, Dr. Bryan Kelly, "just shut down" during the 2012 postseason. The surgery was delayed until Rodriguez was able to build up sufficient strength in his hip. A-Rod underwent a similar procedure on his right hip in 2009.

Ever since A-Rod's latest injury became public, there has been some half-cocked speculation that the slugger's past use of steroids may have contributed to the injury. However, Kelly recently said the following in a published report:

"The easiest question anyone can ask is if this is related to steroid use. I can say with 100 percent certainty this is not a steroid injury at all. This is a mechanical injury, and mechanics are something you are born with."

Sounds simple enough, but the New York Daily News spoke to one Dr. Lewis Maharam, former president of the New York chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, who had this to say:

"I don't understand how Dr. Kelly can be absolute that steroids didn't cause the injury. I think without seeing (Rodriguez), that is likely, given his admission of steroid use - that steroid/HGH use caused the hip lesions due the increased strength they produced in surrounding muscle tissues that naturally increase the torque on the hip joint."

I am not a doctor, but I do envy the discretionary income common to those in the profession. So it is with that license that I say this: Perhaps, since Dr. Maharam has not, by his own admission, examined Rodriguez, it's a bit irresponsible to speculate in such a manner.

In any event, the 37-year-old Rodriguez will likely be out until at least midseason, at which point he'll endeavor to improve upon his respectable 2012 slash line of .272/.353/.430. Until he's back, Kevin Youkilis will serve as the Yankees' primary third baseman.

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