Alex Rodriguez needs hip surgery, will miss start of season

With Derek Jeter, who turns 39 in June, coming off surgery to repair a broken ankle, the left side of the Yankees‘ infield could be even more of a defensive problem.

Jeter expects to be ready for opening day. Eric Chavez, who filled in for Rodriguez for parts of the last two seasons, is a free agent and Cashman said there are few options on the market.

Rodriguez had a strained quadriceps in 2008, the hip surgery in 2009, a strained calf in 2010, knee surgery in 2011 and the broken hand this year. While he is fifth on the career list with 647 home runs, he had just 34 the last two seasons.

“When he’s healthy — obviously at one point he was spectacular,” Cashman said. “One player doesn’t make a team, and so we have a full roster of guys plus our farm system behind that that’s going to have to fill in. We’ve done it before.”

NOTES: Toronto claimed C Eli Whiteside off waivers from the Yankees, who claimed him from San Francisco last month.

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