If the Yankees are going to get out of paying the rest of Alex Rodriguez's contract, it likely will not be for medical reasons.
Regardless of whether the third baseman was caught taking performance-enhancing drugs again, two orthopedic surgeons said Wednesday they don't believe Rodriguez's hip injuries are enough to let the Yankees escape the $114 million they owe him over the next five seasons.
"If the more recent surgery was more involved, recovery might be a little slower, but I can't think of a reason why anyone would be able to say he couldn't play again," said Dr. James Gladstone, sports medicine specialist and co-chief of sports medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. "Especially if the other hip is holding up, there shouldn't be a lasting impact."
With Rodriguez embroiled in another PED controversy and his production dipping by the year, the Yankees will look at every avenue to distance themselves from him — especially if he gets suspended by the league.
Nevertheless, even if he is guilty, the Yankees don't figure to have much of a leg to stand on from a medical perspective.
"I still don't think any PED would have had an effect on the injury or the surgery," said Dr. David Geier, Director of Sports Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. "They can impact tendons and muscles, but not what he had. They might impact recovery, but I don't see the argument where the surgery itself would have been any different."
"Even if this turns out to be true, it wouldn't impact the hip joint. His problem was one of anatomy. I can't imagine any effect."
Doctors: PED use not reason for A-Rod hip injury
New York Post | Jan 31