New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Slugger Alex Rodriguez will undergo surgery on his left hip, leaving the New York Yankees without the superstar third baseman until May or June.
The team issued a statement Monday confirming that Rodriguez will undergo a left hip arthroscopy to repair a torn labrum, bone impingement and the correction of a cyst.
The injury may have been a contributing factor during Rodriguez’s difficult postseason. He had surgery on his right hip in 2009 and missed the first month of the season.
An earlier checkup in Colorado revealed the tear and Dr. Bryan Kelly – who will perform the surgery – confirmed the diagnosis. The procedure is expected to require four to six months for recovery.
The operation will be performed at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York after Rodriguez completes a four- to six-week pre-habilitation regimen as directed by Dr. Kelly.
A source said Rodriguez felt discomfort in his right hip during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Tigers and was sent for an MRI exam, but the examination showed no new injuries.
Rodriguez, who will turn 38 in June, has $114 million remaining on a mega-deal 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 he endured a tough postseason that prompted manager Joe Girardi to repeatedly bench and pinch-hit for the three-time AL Most Valuable Player.
The Yankees are also hoping that 38-year-old shortstop Derek Jeter will recover from left ankle surgery in time for Opening Day.
With Rodriguez out, the Yankees may also consider having Jayson Nix or Eduardo Nunez at third base on a limited basis. Eric Chavez, who sometimes played third base last season, is a free agent.