Rangers’ defenseman Michael Del Zotto successfully underwent surgery for a sports hernia today in Philadelphia. The surgery clearly has nothing to do with the season ending finger-break he experienced in March. If they are related, then I certainly am not interested in finding out how. We can infer that Del Zotto was playing through injury for at least part of the season.
Typically the symptoms are exacerbated with activities such as running, cutting, and bending forward. Patients may also have increased symptoms when coughing or sneezing. Sports hernias are most common in athletes that have to maintain a bent forward position, such as hockey players.
We can infer that this might have affected Del Zotto’ play to an extent. However, since Tortorella never even brought it up when asked about Del Zotto during breakup day and instead talked about “maturing” I don’t think we can blame a sports hernia for his struggles.
Sports hernias typically take 8 or so weeks to heal. This should mean hat he’ll begin working out in early July. The Rangers expect him to be fully ready for training camp.