New York, NY (Sports Network) - Speaking on Alex Rodriguez's recovery from
recent hip surgery on Friday, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman
admitted that the possibility of the star third baseman sitting out the entire
2013 season does exist.
During a radio interview with New York's WFAN, Cashman commented that he's
optimistic that Rodriguez will meet his projected six-month timetable to
return to the Yankees' lineup, but acknowledged the three-time American League
MVP's availability remains uncertain at this point.
"Best case scenario, yeah, he should be back," Cashman said. "Worst case
scenario he won't be back, or there might be something in between."
Rodriguez underwent an arthroscopic procedure to repair a torn labrum and bone
impingement in his left hip on Jan. 16, with the Yankees initially stating
that the 37-year-old would likely be sidelined until at least the All-Star
Cashman warned that the recovery process could take longer, however, depending
on how Rodriguez's body responds to rehabilitation.
"I think because (of) the serious nature of the surgery and the condition that
he's trying to recover from, you know, there is that chance [of missing the
season]," Cashman said.
Cashman did say that Rodriguez, who had just 18 home runs and 57 RBI while
batting .272 over 122 games last season, would "do everything in his power to
put himself in the position to get back and be healthy and productive,"
Rodriguez's injury prompted Cashman to sign veteran Kevin Youkilis to a one-
year contract in December, with the onetime Boston Red Sox standout slated to
handle third-base duties until A-Rod returns.
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