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Three hips don’t lie stories

Mike Napoli

In a press conference, being introduced as the new Boston Red Sox first baseman, Mike Napoli revealed that he has avascular necrosis (AVN) in both hips, the same degenerative condition that ended the career of baseball/football star Bo Jackson.

Hip avascular necrosis is also known as osteonecrosis (“osteo” means bone; “necrosis” means death) and Napoli indicated that his AVN was discovered in its early stages and is being treated with medication. AVN symptoms may be reduced with medications which include: NSAIDs, osteoporosis drugs, cholesterol drugs, and/or blood thinners.

According to , AVN is also associated with long-term use of high-dose steroid medications and excessive alcohol intake although often there are no reasons for onset of the disorder.

“Obviously, it’s something I have and it can get better,” said Napoli. “This medicine should make it better. I’d like to play as long as I possibly can and we’ll see what happens.”

“We don’t have a lot of concern about 2013 when it comes to his health,” Sox GM Ben Cherington said. “None of us can be 100 percent in our predictions. We’re human beings, and any player, as soon as he’s out on the field, injuries happen.

“We want to stay away from predictions. There’s no reason Mike Napoli won’t be our primary first baseman in 2013 and there’s no reason that won’t happen starting Opening Day. This has been caught very early and we’re a long ways from Bo Jackson.”

Don Larsen

Don Larsen, had a perfectly lousy New Year’s Eve. On his way to a a NYE party, the 83-year old former Perfect Game pitcher slipped on the ice and fell and broke his hip.  Larsen had surgery and had a pin implanted to support the hip. He is currently at a rehabilitation facility in Idaho, where he lives and hopes to be home in about four weeks.

Alex Rodriguez

A week ago, Alex Rodriguez underwent successful surgery on his left hip to repair a torn labrum and an impingement in his left hip. The Yankees announced that the surgery, which was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, “went as planned and without complication.”

The 37-year-old third baseman still faces six months of recovery and rehab.

A week before the surgery Kelly said Rodriguez’s past use of performance-enhancing drugs didn’t cause his hip issues. Instead, he said, the way his hip formed while he grew up led to the injuries.