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A-Rod in the ALCS against Detroit last October.
GM Brian Cashman announced last Friday that Alex Rodriguez may miss the entire 2013 season, MLB.com reports.
A-Rod, who’s coming off an injury plagued season where he hit just .272 with 18 home runs and 57 RBI, is surrounded by a shroud of questions and doubts that he’ll ever be the .300 average, 120 RBI player he once was.
Rodriguez has failed to show up in each of the last three Yankee playoff appearances. He has just 12 hits in his last 88 post season at-bats.
What was once considered a slump has transformed into the proverbial elephant in the room for the New York Yankees.
Also, the timing of the surgery draws another question: why so late?
Writers have yet to question the reason A-Rod’s surgery was delayed until Jan. 16, three months after the Yankees’ season ended.
Granted, this is a major surgery and probably took some preparation, but we’re talking about a $200 million man here. A-Rod is the single largest investment this Yankee organization has made…ever.
Why not figure out a way to get the surgery done earlier and have him ready to go by the All-Star break at the very least?
A-Rod’s reputation has taken a serious hit over the last few seasons, and if he spends all of 2013 on the disabled list, it will only worsen. There’s a possibility that the fan’s negativity might also spread to the clubhouse, which is the last thing the Yanks need in this revamped AL East.
A-Rod needs to play in 2013.
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