Yankees' Alex Rodriguez Could Miss the Entire 2013 Season

The news keeps getting worse for the New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez.  It was revealed during the winter meetings that Rodriguez had a hip impingement and torn labrum in his hip.  The injury likely contributed to his poor performance during the 2012 season and his abysmal postseason showing.  When the news broke, it was obvious Rodriguez would have to miss some time.  Now, he may have to miss the entire season. 

According to CBS New York, Yankees' general manager Brian Cashman confirmed there was a chance that the team's highly-paid third baseman could miss the entire season.  The injury was expected to keep Rodriguez out through at least the All-Star Game, but now it is very possible that he misses all of 2013.

“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.”
Rodriguez had one of the worst seasons of his career last year.  He played in just 122 games after playing in only 99 games in 2011.  He hit .272/.353/.430.  2013 will mark the third straight season in which Rodriguez will not play a full year.  He has seen his power number decline over the last few seasons, likely because of age and injuries.

The Yankees signed Kevin Youkilis in the offseason to help soften the blow of losing Rodriguez for part of the season.  Now, if Rodriguez does miss the whole season, they will have to lean on Youkilis even more and hope he can hold up.

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