HOUSTON -- Rockies hitting coach Carney Lansford plans to undergo right hip replacement surgery this offseason, he said Saturday. Lansford, 54, will consult with doctors in Arizona on Oct. 6 and hopes to schedule the operation as quickly as possible. About a third of the way through this season, Lansford said, the pain of bone-on-bone grinding and a torn labrum increased to the point where he eventually could not do his daily exercise routine. Lansford said he talked to D-backs' hitting coach Don Baylor, whom he replaced with the Rockies after last season. Baylor underwent a similar procedure last winter.
"He said a month after his surgery, he was on the golf course," Lansford said. "That was encouraging news. Other people I've talked to have said the same thing. The first week or two weeks are the worst, then it's fine after that. "I don't like the fact that I'm 54 and I need to have it done, but it is what it is. I want to have the thing done and be ready for next year."