Editor's Note: The above video is from April 19, 2016.
OAKLAND -- A's first baseman Mark Canha will undergo season-ending left hip surgery next Tuesday.
The decision was between getting an injection and trying to rehab, or undergoing the surgery, which Canha said will involve a six-month recovery. Canha got a second opinion with Dr. Marc Phillippon in Colorado on Monday, and it was confirmed surgery was the best option.
Canha does not have damage to his labrum, which is good news. But the femur in Canha's left leg is not shaped correctly and needs to be shaved down.
If all goes well, Canha would be ready for the start of spring training, and part of the reason for doing the surgery now was to give him extra recovery time during the offseason leading into camp.
"There are some risks with a cortisone injection. It could have further damaged my hip," Canha said.
He added that his hip was bothering him going back to the end of last season.
"That it didn't get better in the offseason made me think an injection" wasn't the solution, he said.
In other injury news, manager Bob Melvin said right-hander Henderson Alvarez was getting an MRI on his shoulder Tuesday afternoon, and that there might be more information available after the game. Right now, A's doctors believe Alvarez has a shoulder strain, which would not be particularly serious if that's all it is.