New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will have surgery on his left hip Wednesday, and if all goes well, he could return to the lineup shortly after the All-Star break.
Dr. Bryan Kelly, the co-director of the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and the lead surgeon for Rodriguez, told the New York Daily News that the recovery and healing process for Rodriguez should be about six months. Rodriguez has spent the offseason strengthening the muscles around where the surgery will take place, which should speed up his recovery.
Kelly will repair a torn labrum, a bone impingement and cyst during the scheduled two-hour surgery. He said the extent of cartilage damage will determine how quickly the 37-year old might be able to recover.
Rodriguez had surgery on his right hip in 2009, and after two months of rehabbing and getting in playing shape, he led the Yankees to a World Series title, finishing that season with 30 homers and 100 RBIs in 124 games.
---Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is hoping to be healthy enough to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
Pujols had surgery on his right knee in the offseason, and according to his agent, Dan Lozano, the 33-year-old slugger "feels great."
In an email to MLB.com on Saturday, Lozano said Pujols wants to play for his home country and will test his knee during spring training before making an official commitment.
---Minnestoa Twins catcher Justin Morneau will head up Canada's World Baseball Classic squad, which was released Saturday. Missing from the roster is Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who is recovering from a knee injury.
Votto must pass a physical for insurance purposes before being added to the squad, according to Sportsnet.ca.
---Free agent closer Brian Wilson participated in a private workout for the New York Mets and general manager Sandy Alderson on Saturday.
USA Today said Alderson watching Wilson's workout, which is believed to have taken place at UCLA.
The former Giants closer missed most of the 2012 season after playing in only two games and undergoing Tommy John surgery. Wilson expects to be ready for opening day.
-- Outfielder Austin Kearns has agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with the Miami Marlins, and the deal includes an invitation to spring training, the Miami Herald reported.
Kearns, 33, hit .245 with four home runs for the Marlins last season, when he struggled in the second half of the season because of leg injuries.
---Although infielder Geoff Blum hasn't formally retired from baseball, he has reached an agreement to join the Houston Astros' television broadcast team as a color analyst for about 60 games this season, MLB.com reported.