Bad news seems to keep following Alex Rodriguez.
The Yankees third baseman is expected to miss four-to-six months, and have arthroscopic surgery on his left hip to "repair a torn labrum, bone impingement and the correction of a cyst."
This is the second surgery he has had on his left hip, and his impending surgery is similar to the one he had on his right hip in 2009.
Rodriguez struggled in the postseason, and there had been talk that New York was interested in dealing the 14-time All-Star. A big obstacle for trading Rodriguez is his contract. The 38-year-old is owed $114 million that runs through 2017.
The Yankees don't have a power-hitting third baseman to replace Rodriguez.
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"It's a significant blow," said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. "But we've dealt with significant blows and, hopefully, we'll be able to deal with this one, as well."
Rodriguez has Hall-of-Fame statistics. He has hit 647 home runs, 1,950 runs-batted in, and a .300 batting average.
But 2012 was a subpar year for Rodriguez. He batted just 18 home runs, 57 RBI, and a .272 batting average.