Yankees fans everywhere got sick and tired of Alex Rodriguez rather quickly this offseason, with his benching in Game 5 of the ALDS being cheered and applauded by mostly everyone. That trend of A-Rod spending time on the bench will continue for the Yankees but it’s also going to be a paid leave as the third baseman is expected to miss 4-6 months after having hip surgery.
A-Rod hasn’t had the surgery yet, as it’s scheduled for January, but the longer he waits the more time will be drained from his 2013 campaign. If he were to have the surgery as scheduled, his return date is late-May at best, early-July at the wist but most cautious.
But for those Yankees fans that like to make excuses, the surgery being done to A-Rod is to correct a problem that doctors believe hampered him down the stretch of New York’s season.
“Both doctors believe that there is a very strong possibility that Rodriguez’s hip condition may have had a negative effect on his performance during the latter stages of the season and the playoffs,” the Yankees said in statement.
New York could have a rough start to next season, as not only is A-Rod out indefinitely, but shortstop Derek Jeter is also recovering from a fractured ankle and will be limited in Spring Training. Yankees GM Brian Cashman did state that while Jeter won’t see much time in Spring Training, he should be ready to start Opening Day.
As for A-Rod, that paid leave is a pretty sweet gig. Not only will the surgery not put a dent in his pocketbook, he’ll be earning his $114 million that he’s owed through 2017 the way most people watch him — half asleep in a sitting position.