The 2013 MLB season may still be five months away but New York Yankees fans will already be fearing the worst after it was confirmed third baseman Alex Rodriguez requires surgery that could see him out until June.
Rodriguez reportedly needs arthroscopic surgery to after suffering a torn labrum, a bone impingement and a cyst in the left hip. So bad is the hurt that, even before surgery, Rodriguez must undergo a series of strengthening programmes before being kept out of the Yankees start of season.
Many fans will bemoan their star baseman’s loss as the Yankees aim to win their second World Series in four years – indeed betting MLB world series markets have been shaken up with this news. Yet it appears Rodriguez has been suffering for some time and, according to general manager Brian Cashman, the injury could account for a drop in performances in the post-season.
For Rodriguez’s post-season was not to his usual standards, with no home runs and just three hits from seven games.
“The struggles we saw in September and in October are more likely than not related to this issue,” Cashman told reporters. “Clearly, Alex was dealing with an issue. He wasn’t firing on all cylinders.”
“It’s a significant blow. But we’ve dealt with significant blows, and hopefully, we’ll be able to deal with this one as well.”
Indeed, despite MLB trade rumours linking the club with temporary replacements, Yankees fans will be hoping Rodriguez returns sooner rather than later as their left field is already understrength; for it is still unclear whether or not shortstop Derek Jeter will make the opening day and with Rodriguez on such a large contract the Yankees may have to alter their winter shopping list.
At 37 years old, Rodriguez is not in the prime of his career and this injury could spell the decline of the three-time American League MVP. We all hope he will return to the plate as good as ever, even though the Yankees’ season may be over by then.