NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The biggest news of the Winter Meeting’s first day wasn’t a signing or a trade. It was Alex Rodriguez’s hip.
A-Rod, who has already had surgery on his right hip, will have surgery next month on his left hip. Rodriguez took a trip to the hospital to check on his hip after he was pinch-hit for in the Yankees Division Series win over the Orioles.
He will have four-to-six weeks in physical therapy prior to surgery and a four-to-six month recovery.
“It’s a likely scenario that the struggles we saw in late September and October are related to this issue,” New York general manager Brian Cashman said in a news conference on Monday afternoon.
“I’ve been aware of this situation for quite some time,” Cashman said. He had not been asked any questions about Rodriguez’s hip so far this off-season.
After A-Rod’s horrible postseason when he was benched, there were rumors the Yankees would try and trade him. Now, that’s impossible even if it was a possibility before.
“We’re not trading Alex,” Cashman said about the 37-year-old Rodriguez.
Derek Jeter had a broken ankle during the ALCS, but Cashman said that while A-Rod may not be ready until midseason, Jeter will be ready for Opening Day.
The Yankees will be aggressive in looking for an A-Rod replacement, Cashman said.
“We’re going to miss him for some time. It’s a significant blow.”