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Alex Rodriguez's Hip Injury Could Affect White Sox

December 4, 2012

Mark Gonzales

News of Alex Rodriguez's hip tear that will sideline him for the start of the 2013 season could impact the Chicago White Sox's plans at third base.

Among the Sox's several options is to employ a platoon system at third base. One possibility could be left-handed hitter Eric Chavez, who batted .281 with 16 home runs in 113 games for the New York Yankees last season.

Chavez, 34, is a free agent, and agent Scott Leventhal recently told reporters that his client plans to continue to play.

Chavez could address the Sox's needs at third and as a left-handed hitter, especially if left-handed hitting catcher A.J. Pierzynski signs with another team.

But Rodriguez's injury just increased Chavez's stock on the free-agent market.

General manager Rick Hahn will address reporters later this afternoon.

Source: (c) 2012 the Chicago Tribune. Distributed by MCT Information Services

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