Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 11/16/14
New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez had a woeful time at the plate during his team's playoff run. The 37-year old hit just .120 (3-for-25) with no runs batted in and 12 strikeouts during the playoffs, leading him to be pinch-hit for and eventually benched. According to Dr. Bryan Kelly, the doctor scheduled to perform the upcoming hip surgery on the Yankees star, he has "no doubt" that the hip injury was reason to blame for Rodriguez's futile playoff performance.“I was more surprised that he was able to play at all with a hip that looked like that,” Kelly said. “Most people would not be able to play with a hip function like this and the imaging that looked like his.”Kelly said that his patients left hip muscles basically shut down toward the end of the season. In fact, they were so weak that A-Rod struggled to simply execute a leg raise during examinations.Rodriguez is said to have compensated by using other muscles surrounding the injury and by having a strong pain tolerance. By the time October rolled around, however, Kelly said that the slugger had "zero degrees of motion through his hip." This led him to try and generate bat speed by tinkering with his swing, which obviously didn't pan out so well.Naturally, due to Rodriguez's admitted steroid use in the past, suspicions arose that perhaps the breakdown was caused by his use of those. Kelly adamantly dispelled those rumors.“The easiest question anyone can ask is if this is related to steroid use. I can say with 100 percent certainty this is not a steroid injury at all. This is a mechanical injury, and mechanics are something you are born with.”Rodriguez already has a surgically repaired right hip in place stemming from 2009. Surgery to repair his ailing left hip will not be performed for another two to four weeks. He is expected to return to the New York lineup around the All-Star Break, or roughly six months following the surgery.Via New York Post.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Stephen Curry to be named NBA MVP

Milwaukee Brewers fire manager Ron Roenicke

Drafted player changes Twitter name to ‘Pick 245′

Chip Kelly: Tim Tebow is here to compete for a job

Report: Nigel Williams-Goss transferring to Gonzaga

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Philly store offering Eagles 'jersey insurance'

Chris Paul listed as questionable for Game 1 vs. Rockets

Mayweather beats Pacquiao by unanimous decision

Did Evan Mathis respond to Chip Kelly's slight with barb?

WATCH: American Pharoah wins Kentucky Derby

Report: Rams trade RB Zac Stacy to Jets

Here's why Mayweather-Pacquiao was business as usual

Floyd Mayweather Punch Out mock video game is great

WATCH: Tony Allen walks through children performing, gets booed

Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods have broken up

WATCH: Two games end with baserunners hit by batted balls

WATCH: Damian Lilliard delivers great graduation speech

Jets do not envision Bryce Petty starting in 2015

Clippers beat Spurs on Chris Paul shot in Game 7

Jimmy Kimmel's Manny Pacquiao T-shirt goes viral

Big fight packs airport, leaves no room for planes

Pete Carroll discusses Russell Wilson's contract status

Jim Harbaugh not happy Lou Holtz is out at ESPN

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Drafted player changes Twitter name to ‘Pick 245′

Floyd Mayweather Punch Out mock video game is great

Report: Steph Curry to be NBA MVP

Kelly: Tebow here to compete for job

Tony Allen booed for being rude?

Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods break up

Pacquiao fought with injured shoulder?

Winners and losers from the NFL draft

Report: Zac Stacy traded to Jets

Hardy apologizes for joke about 9/11

Jerry Jones sends letter to Pacquiao

Mayweather bans Beadle, Nichols

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.