Alex Rodriguez has hip surgery; recovery time 6 months
Alex Rodriguez (13) of the New York Yankees walks off the field back to the dugout after he grounded out in the top of the 9th inning against the Detroit Tigers during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. / Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
NEW YORK Alex Rodriguez had surgery on his left hip on Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined until after the Major League Baseball All-Star break in July.
The New York Yankees said Dr. Bryan Kelly repaired a torn labrum and impingement and the operation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York "went as planned and without complication."
The 37-year-old former All-Star third baseman is expected to be released from the hospital on Thursday and the anticipated time for a full recovery is six months. The Yankees signed free agent Kevin Youkilis this offseason to play third base while Rodriguez was out.
Kelly said last week that Rodriguez had a condition known as femoral acetabular impingement and it was caused by genes, not by steroids. Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he used steroids while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03.
Kelly said the injury was responsible for Rodriguez's poor performance in September and October, when A-Rod was benched in three of nine postseason games and pinch hit for in three others. He batted .120 (3 for 25) with no RBIs in the playoffs, including 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handed pitchers.
Rodriguez is coming off a season in which he batted .272/.353/.430 with 18 home runs in 122 games, CBSSports.com notes. He's fifth on the all-time home runs list with 647.
Rodriguez is due $114 million over the next five years as part of his record $275 million, 10-year contract, so his health is a major concern for the Yankees.
A 14-time All-Star, Rodriguez had right hip surgery in March 2009, and returned that May. Kelly said the left hip requires more recovery time because Rodriguez is a right-handed hitter and rotates it when he swings.
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