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Less hip damage than expected for A-Rod

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08:15 AM ET 01.18 | Now that Alex Rodriguez has undergone his surgery, the prognosis may be better than expected. Alex Rodriguez's surgeon, Dr. Bryan Kelly, told the Yankees that he discovered less cartilage damage in A-Rod's hip than expected, a good sign that the third baseman will have fewer complications as he tries to come back, a source said. "It was minimal," the source said. "Now it's up to his rehab." Minimal cartilage damage means "they wouldn't have to do a microfracture (procedure) or anything where they are trying to regenerate areas where the cartilage has worn away," said Dr. Derek Ochiai, an orthopedic surgeon and hip arthroscopy specialist in Arlington, Va. "That will mean his rehab has the highest chance of successfully getting back to the level with his hip that he was before his hip started hurting."

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January 18, 2013  08:40 AM ET

That's not what the Yankees wanted to hear.

January 18, 2013  08:51 AM ET

Drat...........

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January 18, 2013  09:05 AM ET

You Yankees fans loved this guy when he helped your team win its last ring. Kind of funny.

January 18, 2013  09:08 AM ET

The surgeon also revealed that the damage between A-Rod's ears was worse than expected.

January 18, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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You Yankees fans loved this guy when he helped your team win its last ring. Kind of funny.

I can only speak for myself but let me give you my emphatic "nope".

January 18, 2013  09:18 AM ET

It looks like he'll be playing out the length of his contract after all.

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January 18, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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Rodriguez had his share of fans when he was acquired.

I was never one of them.

January 18, 2013  09:54 AM ET

He's still a year older.

January 18, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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You Yankees fans loved this guy when he helped your team win its last ring. Kind of funny.

And the White Sox fans loved Ozzie once upon a time. It is the way of it all. Same with any team and its fans, the only difference is at the end of their time do you respect that player or manager? Now you can argue in that forum.

January 18, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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You Yankees fans loved this guy when he helped your team win its last ring. Kind of funny.

Never thought he should have been resigned same as Cashman thoguht whne he told him to go shop himself around. (Cash did that with Jeter, too)
(Blank) you, Hank!

January 18, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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Rodriguez had his share of fans when he was acquired.

Yes, when he was first aquired for two reasons: (1) he was very, very good offensively (read that any way you want) and (2) Texas was paying a large part of his contract. But when he had the right to opt out and renegotiate his contract: No.

January 18, 2013  10:18 AM ET

I think it's safe to say that most of us root for him to do well but are quite frustrated with him about his performance the last few years while he's still paid an enormous amount of money.

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January 18, 2013  10:24 AM ET
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I think it's safe to say that most of us root for him to do well but are quite frustrated with him about his performance the last few years while he's still paid an enormous amount of money.

It's not his fault the Yankees were dumb enough to give an insane amount of money to an over the hill PED user.

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