Reports: A-Rod's left hip injured, needs surgery
By Bryan Hoch /12/03/12 11:15 AM ET
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Alex Rodriguez needs surgery on his left hip and could be sidelined until June, multiple media outlets reported Monday.
Rodriguez injured the hip prior to the playoffs, according to a report by the New York Post. He had surgery on his right hip in 2009 and missed the first month of the season.
The Yankees are expected to address the situation on Monday afternoon.
Citing a person with knowledge of the situation, the Post reported that Rodriguez recently visited Colorado-based specialist Dr. Marc Philippon after experiencing tightness in the hip.
"It's an issue," the person told the Post. "A big issue."
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.
Philippon repaired Rodriguez's right hip labrum in 2009, removing an impingement in the joint and draining 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 tough 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 started on Monday, with the club expected to seek a starting catcher and a right fielder.