Alfonso Soriano to Have Knee Surgery, Preemptive Hip Replacement
September 7, 2009
(Chicago, IL) – It’s been a long, painful season in Chicago for the hometown Cubs. And the pain is as much literal as it is figurative.
Namely, the pain in outfielder Alfonso Soriano’s knee has forced the Cubs to shut him down, possibly for the year. Soon, Soriano will undergo knee surgery to determine the source if his problems, and see about correcting any issues. But at Soriano’s advancing age, any surgery – particularly on the lower half – can be a risk.
That’s why Soriano has decided to kill two birds with one stone.“We talked about it, and we decided that while I’m getting the knee surgery, I’m going to go ahead and have a full hip replacement,” Soriano explained this weekend as he sipped on a can of Ensure. “At my age, these are the difficult decisions that have to be made.”
“I just want to make sure I can come back and be successful next year.”
Following surgery, Soriano will use a Hover Round for four to five months, and a walker for another six. He has assured the team that neither will significantly impact his performance. Defensively, the team agrees that there’s hardly a chance that Soriano’s performance could be negatively impacted by anything.
“So what,” manager Lou Piniella said. “Now he’ll take a terrible route and miss a ball while on a scooter. At least it will look a little funny.”