Alex Rodriguez continues to have hip problems. (Mike Cassese / Reuters)

Updated at 1:30 p.m. with Yankees’ announcement

The New York Yankees are facing the prospect of starting the season without their third baseman, Alex Rodriguez.

A-Rod will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left hip, the team announced. Doctors will repair a torn labrum and bone impingement as well as removing a cyst.  Rodriguez, who had surgery on his right hip in 2009, is likely to have the procedure in January and is expected to be out 4-to-6 months, the team says. Despite struggling and being taken out for a pinch hitter in the playoffs this fall, A-Rod is not expected to retire. Rodriguez, 36, hit .272 with 18 homers in 122 games this year. He had career lows in slugging percentage (.430) and OPS (.783).

The left side of the Yankees’ infield is now a concern, with Derek Jeter recovering from ankle surgery in October. Although some reports have indicated that he intends to be ready by Opening Day, initial reports said that his recovery time would take 4-to-5 months. Judging by a New York Post photo of Jeter in a boot and looking heavy and out of shape (“Derek Eater,” “Cap’n Munch”), there’s plenty of work to be done before he’s ready.

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