One of the things that really hurt Alex Rodriguez this season was that he hit just .256/.326/.391 against right handed pitching. A-Rod still had a better than .900 OPS against lefties, but against righties he didn’t show much patience or power and it dragged his overall numbers way down.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman hinted that part of the problem may be his surgically repaired hip.
“He is always going to have hip issues to deal with,” Cashman told George King of the NY Post. “That’s just part of his winter program.”
A-Rod’s hip could be the reason that despite the fact that the Yankees have insisted that he’s not a platoon player, they benched him against righties in the playoffs last year. If his hip was acting up that would explain a lot.
The bad part about that is that A-Rod sat for a full month with a broken hand. That’s a decent amount of time off where he shouldn’t have to have been dealing with hip problems. It could be a sign that the injury, which stems from a problem prior to the 2009 season that required surgery to fix, is much worse than we thought.
It would explain a lot though.