(UPDATED) King: A-Rod's hip a cause for concern

It seems like the hits just keep coming with Alex Rodriguez these days, but alas they're not the kind you want him to be getting on the field. The latest development with the Yankees' third baseman? His surgically repaired hip may be bothering him. That information comes via George King in the New York Post, who reports that A-Rod will be visiting Marc Phillippon, the surgeon who repaired his torn labrum after the 2008 season. A-Rod has apparently been feeling tightness in the hip, and King's source labels it "a big issue."

For his part, Brian Cashman acknowledged that A-Rod's hip will always be an issue for him, but wouldn't comment any further than that. ”He is always going to have hip issues to deal with. That’s just part of his winter program,’’ Cashman said of his highest paid player. But while routine maintenance, for lack of a better term, might be a normal part of A-Rod's conditioning from now on, surgery would likely threaten A-Rod's ability to start the 2013 season which, combined with Derek Jeter's fractured ankle, could leave the Yankees looking for an insurance policy in the infield. We know, for example, that they;ve shown an interest in Stephen Drew and Jeff Keppinger, both of whom would seem o be in line for offers to start somewhere, and perhaps this puts the Yankees' potential interest in a new light.

Update: Joel Sherman tweets that he "exclusively" hears that A-Rod was playing on a re-torn hip at some point last season, and that surgery is "likely" for Alex.