The A-Rod Decision
You CAN have your cake and eat it too!
Regarding A-Rod’s torn labrum, his options are:
1. Attempt to play with rest and rehabilitation, and have surgery after the season.
2. Have the full surgery now, and miss the next 4 months.
3. Quit baseball (oops, where did that one come from?).
4. Less invasive surgery now, with shorter recovery period, followed by full surgery at the end of the season.
According to Pete Abraham of the LoHud Blog, A-Rod has decided upon the fourth option. Dr. Philippon met with the press this morning, and according to Pete Abe, A-Rod has an impingement (which means bone is striking bone).
Dr. Marc Philippon, M.D.
Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Vail, CO
The initial surgery to be performed on Monday will fix the labrum. Following the season, Alex will undergo full surgery to repair the bone deformity. Recovery time for the initial surgery is expected to be 6-9 weeks.
According to Pete Abe, this should put A-Rod back on the field by the end of April.
Great scoop, as usual, Mr. Abraham!
I still think the Yankees would be smart to secure a solid replacement at third for A-Rod. I am not fully confident in Cody Ransom’s ability to adequately fill in at third. Some have suggested a platoon, and I could buy into that with the right platoon partner.
There are countless names being bantered about. The latest I’ve seen is the Royals’ Mark Teahen. Teahen, 27, hit .255 with 15 home runs and 59 RBI’s last season.
Another possibility is Oakland A’s shortstop Bobby Crosby. With the A’s signing of Orlando Cabrera, Crosby is the odd man out. He doesn’t want to fill a utility role, and would like the opportunity to start. Of course, the downside is that he has never played third, and of course, when A-Rods returns, he would be pushed into a utility role.
I still like the Dodgers’ Blake DeWitt. He, too, was pushed out of a starting position when the Dodgers signed Orlando Hudson to play second. I lived in Los Angeles last season, and had the opportunity to watch a number of Dodgers games, and I liked the attitude and determination I saw with the player. Of course, whether the Dodgers would part with him is another story.
Regardless of what happens, the Yankees need to make sure that they have a solid plan in place in the event that A-Rod’s recovery is slower than expected or if he suffers any setbacks.
Terrell Owens is a Bill
I was very surprised to see that the Buffalo Bills had signed Terrell Owens to a one year, $6.5 million contract. I did not think that would be a move they’d make, but I know that they’ve struggled with receivers opposite Lee Evans.
It will be interesting to see how Owens interacts with QB Trent Edwards, but this marriage seems to be like one of those poorly thought out Britny Spears type of wedding decisions.
I was reading Kevin Cusick’s “The Loop: 3/08/09″ in the Pioneer Press (www.twincities.com), and he put it best:
“The Buffalo Bills signed T.O. to a one year deal Saturday. Living in Buffalo should extinguish what’s left of Owens’ “25 million reasons to live”.”
Too funny! I am not trying to knock Buffalo (I used to live there myself about 25 years ago), but I just can’t see this working out.
My brother is a die-hard Bills fan, so I’ll be interested in seeing what his reaction is. Of course, he’s the obnoxious ‘my team is best’ kind of fan, so he’ll probably just say that Super Bowl dreams have returned to Buffalo.
But I think team chemistry is one of the most important attributes of a successful team, and the Bills have assured themselves chemistry will not be a component of the 2009 team.
On the bright side, I was pleased that my team, the Minnesota Vikings, went on record prior to the Owens signing to say that they had no interest in T.O. Of course, Brad Childress saw the cancerous effect T.O. had on a team during his days on Andy Reid’s staff in Philadelphia. But still, I am appreciative that I’ll never be forced to root for T.O.
I guess we’ll be seeing a lot of scenes like this during the upcoming season:
Hopefully, the Yankees will keep me pre-occupied through at least October and spare me from having to endure TV shots like this…