Cashman: A-Rod could miss the entire 2013 season

A-Rod could miss 2013. (US Presswire)

A bit over a week ago, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez underwent successful surgery on his left hip. At the time, the expectation was a six-month recovery period, meaning A-Rod would miss about half the 2013 season.

But Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted Friday there's a chance his third baseman could miss the entire season.

“I think because [of] the serious nature of the surgery and the condition that he’s trying to recover from, you know, there is that chance," Cashman said when asked if A-Rod might miss the whole season (via CBS New York).

This isn't, however, the most likely scenario.

“Best-case scenario, yeah, he should be back,” Cashman said (via CBS New York). “Worst-case scenario is he won’t be back or there might be something between.”

So even if this is a Lloyd Christmas-esque, "so you're telling me there's a chance," there is still, yes, a chance that A-Rod doesn't play at all this season.

The Yankees do have a replacement in Kevin Youkilis, though, so he'll man third base for as long as is needed this season.

Rodriguez, 37, hit .272/.353/.430 with 18 home runs in 122 games last year. He still has five years and at least $116 million left on his gargantuan contract.

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