By Jon Lane
WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reported that A-Rod had a successful one hour and
20 minute surgery that according to Dr. Marc Philippon went exactly as
planned. Dr. Philippon added there was “no doubt” that all parties made
the right choice. Not only does A-Rod projected 6-9 weeks of recovery remain on track, he will absolutely be ready for Spring Training
next year following the more invasive procedure.
You can read the full story here.
Shameless plug department: I’ll be discussing A-Rod’s surgery momentarily on Sports Radio 790 in Atlanta.
News of the day
From the AP: Mariano Rivera threw 30
pitches during his third bullpen session. Coming back from surgery on
the AC joint in his right shoulder last Oct. 7, Rivera is scheduled to
throw batting practice Wednesday and could make his spring training
debut around March 17.
Rivera expects to be ready for Opening Day on April 6.
“I’m right on track,” Rivera said. “Everything will depend on how the arm feels. So far it’s been feeling good.”
Hideki Matsui, who had left knee surgery last Sept.
22, reported no problems after playing consecutive games for the first
time this spring training on Saturday and Sunday.
4:59 p.m.: Joe Girardi was just on WFAN with Mike Francesa.
Among the highlights, Mark Teixeira will continue to bat third in
A-Rod’s absence … Jorge Posada is progressing nicely and the intent
is for him to still catch at least 100 games … Girardi has been
impressed with Phil Hughes, but the Yankees want him to start, so
expect him to begin the season in Triple-A barring injury to one of the starters … Gardner
and Nick Swisher each have caught Girardi’s eye. While it’s still
early, that could eventually spell bad news for Cabrera and Xavier
Nady. Since Cabrera is out of options, Girardi may carry both he and
Gardner, but that remains too early to decide.
YESNetwork.com will have portions of the interview posted later.