(SportsData) – New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday during an interview on WFAN that it’s possible third baseman Alex Rodriguez could miss the entire 2013 season. Rodriguez, 37, underwent hip surgery on Jan. 16.
“It is possible,” Cashman said.” “It is a very complicated surgery. Any time someone has a surgery, there is always a chance there are complications. That didn’t take place in this case. But is it possible? Sure, it is possible, but is it likely? I don’t think so.”
Dr. Bryan Kelly, who performed the surgery, had previously estimated a six-month recovery period and that “optimistically” Rodriguez should return after the All-Star break.
Yankees president Randy Levine spoke to the New York Daily News on Friday. “(Dr. Kelly) has assured me that as long as Alex does the rehab, he will be back playing — and not spring-training playing — six months from the day of the operation.”
Kevin Youkilis, who signed a one-year, $12 million contract Dec. 11, is expected to man third base until Rodriguez returns.
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