Alex Rodriguez was was already in the midst of his longest career drought without a homer (going back to June 11) before hearing the news that his right knee has a slight tear in the cartilage. As the argument always goes, this 14 time All Star has the option of playing through his injury and making it worse, or missing time on the field and enjoying full recovery. The knee had been tweaked on June 19, but the always cool A-Rod pretended like nothing ever happened. Now, with an official word declaring that he really needs surgery to repair a torn meniscus, no one should be surprised that he’s seeking a second opinion.
“I want to talk to (Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher) Ahmad,” said Alex, “and then I’m gonna see Dr. K and we’ll call Dr. Ahmad and make a decision collectively. It’s hard to get into missing 20, 30, 40 games when you don’t know, but at the same time you don’t want to limp toward the finish line. The most important games are played at the end.”
The problem is often argued, however, that doctors in the world of professional sports might be urged to approach an injury with more optimism than objective medicine would require. This is not broad accusation is not altogether true, but if a second opinion gets him back in the game too early and his knee gets worse, questions will be asked.
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