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Alex Rodriguez's surgery goes "as planned"

01/16/2013 3:16 PM ET
By Jon Lane

Alex Rodriguez also underwent hip surgery in 2009.(AP)
The New York Yankees announced on Wednesday that surgery to repair third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s left hip “went as planned and without complication” and he will be released from the hospital on Thursday. Full recovery is anticipated to be six months, which puts A-Rod on track to return after the All-Star break.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. A-Rod’s injuries were discovered after the Yankees’ elimination from the 2012 postseason, during which Rodriguez, 37, batted .120 (3-for-25) with 12 strikeouts against the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers. Subsequently, Kelly told reporters that A-Rod was unable to properly rotate his hips.

Until A-Rod is 100 percent, Kevin Youkilis, who the Yankees signed to a one-year, $12 million contract in December, will be the Yankees’ everyday third baseman.

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