New York Yankees star third baseman Alex Rodriguez is expected to miss up to half up the 2013 season recovering from hip surgery.
He'll undergo surgery to repair a labral tear in his left hip in January. It's the same operation he had on his right hip in 2009. As a result, he isn't expected to play until June or July.
The latest health problem comes after a difficult season for the 37-year-old. In the regular season, he batted .272 with 18 homers and 57 RBIs in 122 games, but missed six weeks of the season due to a fractured hand.
He slumped big time during the post-season, with his batting average dropping to .120. He was benched twice and was taken out for pinch-hitters three times during the American League Division Series against the Orioles and the American League Championship Series against the Tigers, which the Yankees lost at least partially due to A-Rod's lack of productivity.