Report: Yankees concerned about A-Rod’s hip
NASHVILLE – Alex Rodriguez’s surgically repaired right hip is damaged and the Yankees third baseman will need to have another surgical procedure, according to a report published on Monday by the New York Post.
The Post’s Joel Sherman reported that Rodriguez was playing late in the season and during the playoffs with a tear in his hip and that the surgical procedure will cost him at least part of the 2013 season. The procedure is expected to be performed by Colorado-based specialist Dr. Marc Phillipon.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman mentioned Rodriguez’s hip on Sunday when speaking to reporters in Stamford, Conn., where he was participating in the city’s Heights and Lights holiday event.
“He is always going to have hip issues to deal with. That’s just part of his winter program,” Cashman said.
Rodriguez had hip surgery before the 2009 season and missed the first month of the season, as Philippon repaired the right hip labrum, removed an impingement in the joint and drained a cyst.
At the time, it was believed that Rodriguez would have a follow-up procedure after the ’09 season, but Philippon was so encouraged by Rodriguez’s progress as the Yankees charged to the World Series title that he said the slugger wouldn’t need the second operation.
Rodriguez, 37, has $114 million remaining on a contract that takes him through 2017 with the Yankees.
He batted .272 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs in 122 games for New York last season, but endured a terrible postseason that prompted manager Joe Girardi to repeatedly bench and pinch-hit for the three-time American League MVP.
A third baseman was not thought to be on the Yankees’ shopping list as the Winter Meetings begin on Monday, with the club expected to seek a starting catcher and a right fielder.