Alex Rodriguez has hip surgery; recovery time 6 months

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, 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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