Yanks GM: Possible A-Rod could miss entire season
NEW YORK — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says it's possible third baseman Alex Rodriguez could miss the entire season while recovering from hip surgery.
Cashman says "there's no guarantees in this stuff" that Rodriguez will be able to play this year.
The 37-year-old Rodriguez had surgery on his left hip last week. The team said the rehabilitation time was expected to be six months, which would sideline the star slugger until the All-Star break.
On Friday, Cashman said it was possible A-Rod could be out all year.
"Yeah," Cashman told WFAN radio. "I think because (of) the serious nature of the surgery and the condition that he's trying to recover from, you know, there is that chance."
Rodriguez had surgery on Jan. 16 to repair a torn labrum and reshape a bone to alleviate an impingement. He has 647 career homers and is due $114 million over the next five years as part of his record $275 million, 10-year contract.
SAN FRANCISCO — Infielder Joaquin Arias has agreed to a $925,000, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to avoid salary arbitration.
The deal reached Friday leaves reliever Sergio Romo as the only Giants arbitration-eligible player left to sign.
Arias made $525,000 last season and the deal was reached at the midpoint between what the Giants had offered and Arias had requested in salary arbitration.
Arias batted .270 with five homers and 34 RBIs in 112 games last season when he played mostly at shortstop and third base.
He had just eight at-bats in the postseason and did not play at all in San Francisco's World Series sweep against Detroit.
Snowmobiler has surgery after crash at Winter X
ASPEN, Colo. — Snowmobile rider Caleb Moore underwent heart surgery Friday morning, a day after a horrific crash in the freestyle event at the Winter X Games.
Moore was taken to a local hospital Thursday night with a concussion. While there, he developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to Grand Junction, Colo., for surgery.
The 25-year-old was performing a flip when he caught the skis of his sled on the top of a jump. He went over the handlebars and the heavy machine ended up rolling over him. He walked off the course with some help.
Later in the competition, his younger brother, Colten, crashed as well. Colten Moore was taken to the hospital with a separated pelvis. He won't need surgery.
Playing it safe, Abbott leads at U.S. championships
OMAHA, Neb. — With just about everyone else stumbling, bumbling or worse, Jeremy Abbott's clean but conservative short program was more than enough to give him the lead at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Friday night. The three-time champion finished with 84.10 points, three points ahead of Ross Miner. Joshua Farris, the silver medalist at last year's junior world championships, was third. The free skate is Sunday.
Out of the 20 men, only four managed to get through their program without a major error. And they weren't necessarily botching quadruple jumps or other high-risk tricks. Former two-time junior world champ Adam Rippon fell on a triple flip-triple toe combination, jumps he can do in his sleep. Another fell out of a spin, the skating equivalent of tripping off a curb.
Compiled from wire reports