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By Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune Published: December 4, 2012
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/articleid/3734547/1/pictures/1899522">Photo - In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez takes batting practice before Game 4 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit. The New York Yankees said Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, Rodriguez will have surgery on his left hip and will miss the start of the season and possibly the entire first half. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) ORG XMIT: NY115
In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez takes batting practice before Game 4 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit. The New York Yankees said Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, Rodriguez will have surgery on his left hip and will miss the start of the season and possibly the entire first half. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) ORG XMIT: NY115

“It's a significant blow,” Cashman said about Rodriguez. “But we've dealt with significant blows and hopefully we'll be able to deal with this one as well. We've missed significant players for periods of time, and it's our job to find a way to withstand all those. That's part of the baseball season.”

Rodriguez has five years and $114 million left on his contract, and his body has become a train wreck. He previously had surgery on his right hip and spent last winter trying to regenerate a knee and a shoulder through a blood replacement procedure in Germany.

Cashman recounted how Rodriguez told Yankees manager Joe Girardi that his right hip was bothering him again after Girardi lifted him for a pinch hitter in Game 3 of the ALCS, and as the Yankees just found out, it was his left hip that was the problem. Rodriguez somehow has twice torn the labrum in his hips, a rare injury, which reflexively seems connected to his admitted use of steroids after signing his megadeal with the Rangers before the 2001 season.

Cashman did nothing to slow that speculation by admitting that there is little case history on such hip injuries.

“Labrum tears in your hip are something that's kind of new,” he said. “It's evolved in this sport, it seems like, in the last decade.”

Interesting time period, huh?

There are big-name free agents who could ease the Yankees' pain, of course. But club President Randy Levine has Cashman under orders to get beneath the luxury tax threshold for the 2014 season, so guys like Hamilton, Zack Greinke and seemingly even Michael Bourn are off limits.

Having lost free-agent catcher Russell Martin to the Pirates, it's not clear the Yankees can outbid teams like the A's and Tigers for shortstop Stephen Drew. This does look like a new era, and it's one that fans in Detroit and Toronto could enjoy a lot more than those in the Bronx.


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