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.”
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