|Defense and mobility could change for A-Rod (Daily News)|
Rodriguez first reported discomfort in the playoffs and an MRI did not show any tear, since it was the right hip that was looked at. Today it came to light that he has been playing with a torn labrum in his left hip. He suffered a similar injury in 2009 and missed two months of action.
The expected recovery time for him is three to six months and the team hopes to have him back by mid-June or early July.
The Yankees have been quiet on the free-agent market, but could be pressured to make a move for an infielder as Derek Jeter could miss some time as well with his broken ankle. The focus right now is looking for a right-fielder as well as a catcher and bullpen depth.
There is still $113M owed to Rodriguez on his contract for five more years. The Yankees expect to go under the $189M payroll mark for the 2014 season, but it is looking like more of a burden to carry Rodriguez's contract for the long haul, if he can not be productive for the lineup.
One thing is certain, the team can not trade him now.