New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez played last season after re-injuring his surgically repaired hip and probably needs another operation that will sideline him for part of 2013, according to the New York Post.
Rodriguez, 37, had arthroscopic surgery on a torn labrum in his right hip in March 2009 and now has a similar tear, the newspaper said. He will be operated on by Marc Philippon, the surgeon who performed the first procedure, the Post reported on its website without saying where it got its information.
Rodriguez, a 19-year Major League Baseball veteran who has played his last nine seasons with the Yankees, batted .272 with 18 home runs and 57 runs batted in over 122 games in 2012. He was 3-for-25 in the playoffs without an extra-base hit.
The three-time American League Most Valuable Player’s 647 home runs are the most among active major league players and he’s fifth on the all-time list. He was re-signed to a 10-year, $275 million contract after the 2007 season, a deal that included bonus payments for milestone home runs leading up to Barry Bonds’s record of 762. He has five years and about $115 million left on that package.
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