Alex Rodriguez will have surgery on his left hip and will miss the start of the season and possibly the entire first half.
Rodriguez has a torn labrum, bone impingement and a cyst, the Yankees said Monday. The third baseman will need to follow a pre-surgery program over the next four-to-six weeks, and the team anticipates he will be sidelined four-to-six months after the operation. That timetable projects to a return between the start of May and mid-July.
A-Rod had right hip surgery on March 9, 2009, and returned that May 8. The Yankees said this operation will be ''similar but not identical.''
Rodriguez, who turns 38 in July, complained of pain in his right hip the night Raul Ibanez pinch hit for him - and hit a tying ninth-inning home run - against Baltimore during the AL division series in October. He went to a hospital and was checked out then.
His left hip injury was detected last month during an exam by Dr. Marc Philippon, who operated on Rodriguez three ye...