Alex Rodriguez will start the season in what’s become a familiar place: the disabled list.
The New York Yankees said Monday the third baseman will have surgery on his left hip, an injury that could sideline him until the All-Star break and might explain his spectacularly poor performance during the playoffs.
“It’s a significant blow,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “But we’ve dealt with significant blows and, hopefully, we’ll be able to deal with this one, as well.”
Rodriguez, the league’s priciest player, has a torn labrum, bone impingement and a cyst. The team anticipates he will be sidelined four to six months after the operation.
HALL OF FAME: Former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, longtime umpire Hank O’Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White were elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday.
The trio was picked by the Hall’s pre-integration panel – part of what once was known as the Veterans Committee – and gave the shrine exactly 300 members.
GIANTS: Reached an agreement with free agent center fielder Angel Pagan on a four-year contract.
Pagan would be subject to a physical to finalize the leadoff hitter’s return to the World Series champions.
RED SOX: A person familiar with the negotiations says catcher Mike Napoli agreed to a $39 million, three-year contract with Boston.
RANGERS: A person familiar with the deal says that catcher Geovany Soto is staying with Texas and has agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract.
PADRES: Right-hander Jason Marquis will stay with San Diego, reaching a $3 million, one-year deal.