On Monday the New York Yankees announced that their all-star third baseman Alex Rodriguez will likely miss most of the first half of the 2013 season due to his rehab from hip surgery that he will have sometime in January.
Rodriguez will need to have arthroscopic surgery on his left hip in order to repair a torn labrum, bone impingement and to correct a cyst. The team also said that the recovery time following the surgery could take anywhere from four to six months.
Before enduring the surgery Rodriguez must first go through four to six weeks of pre-rehabilitation and then he will have the procedure done by Dr. Brian Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Just three years ago in 2009 Rodriguez underwent surgery on his right hip and according to the team the new surgery “will be similar but not identical.”
Rodriguez is coming off of one of if not the worst season of his 18-year Major League career in 2012 where the 14-time all-star hit just .272 with 18 home runs and 57 runs batted-in while playing in 122 games. Even worse than Rodriguez’s regular campaign statistics in 2012 was his postseason numbers which were just .120 with no extra-base hits and one run scored with just three hits in 25 at bats in seven total games.
Currently on the Yankees roster are two players that have the capabilities to fill in for Rodriguez in the meantime including Jayson Nix and Eduardo Nunez. There is no telling if the Yankees will pursue anyone else who can play the left side of the infield for them during the off-season as of yet.