NASHVILLE (92.3 The Fan) – When it comes to the New York Yankees, everything gets top of the line coverage.
So it’s no shock Monday that when news came down that 3B Alex Rodriguez would have hip surgery that would keep him out 4 to 6 months, the media needed answers.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman answered some of those questions on Monday, telling the media that it’s Rodriguez’s left hip that has issues, and that he will have to go under the knife.
Cashman said that it’s a labrum tear in the hip, and that he is getting set for a surgery.
“We are now in the process of him getting rehabilitation for that surgery, and he will have surgery that will take him four to six months from surgery,” Cashman said.
The GM said that the team feels that all the issues that Rodriguez had in the month of September and in the postseason had to do with the hip.
He stated that when manager Joe Girardi went to Rodriguez to tell him he was being pinch-hit for in the playoffs, the third baseman said he felt he “wasn’t firing” off the hip according to Cashman.
The Yanks GM stated that Rodriguez did have an MRI on his ailing right hip which he’s had issues with, but nothing showed up, and they thought he was okay.
The playoffs continued and the Yankees were eliminated, and by then it was time for Rodriguez to get more exams on the hip, and it was then the left hip issue was discovered.
“I do think this gives a real indication of something that he was struggling through,” Cashman said of the hip issue for Rodriguez. “Obviously this was something that was hindering him, although he couldn’t put a finger on it.”
Cashman said he knew about the hip situation of his third basemen for some time, but it was not until Sunday night he was asked about Rodriguez’s hip.
For now, the GM says he is looking at the free agent market and through trades to look at third base, but won’t say if the team will for sure get a third basemen to replace Rodriguez while he’s down.
“My sole interest is just improving the entire club,” Cashman said. “Whether we solve any issue, specifically at third base, I can’t answer.”