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Source: Alex Rodriguez's hip surgery 'went great'

Alex Rodriguez stands in the infield before a

Alex Rodriguez stands in the infield before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Credit: AP, 2007

Alex Rodriguez underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum and impingement in his left hip, a source with knowledge of the procedure said Wednesday. Recovery time is six months, the team said.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly, the co-director of the Center for Hip Pain and Preservation at Manhattan's Hospital for Special Surgery. The Yankees said Rodriguez, 37, was expected to be discharged Thursday and will begin "supervised rehabilitation," under Kelly. Rodriguez has residences in New York and Florida.

"Surgery went well!" Rodriguez wrote on his Facebook page. "The road to recovery officially begins . . . looking forward to the challenges ahead."

In a conference call last week, Kelly expressed some concern about the potential of cartilage damage, saying the full extent would not be known until surgery. But the source said Kelly told the Yankees no extensive wear was evidenced.

"It went great," the source said. "They reshaped the bone, they repaired the labrum. They were worried about the cartilage, the arthritis, it was minimal. They dissipated the cyst. Dr. Kelly said it went great and he should be on track, as long as he rehabs properly, for right after the All-Star Game,'' which will be hosted by the Mets July 16.

The need for surgery was disclosed by the Yankees last month after the team said Rodriguez told them during the playoffs that he felt pain in his right hip, which was repaired in March 2009. A complete examination revealed damage in the left hip.

Kelly blamed the malady for Rodriguez's poor showing in September and then in the playoffs, where he batted .120 (3-for-25), including 0-for-18 against righthanders. Kelly diagnosed the condition as femoral acetabular impingement and said it was unrelated to steroid use. Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he used performance-enhancing drugs in 2001-2003.

"Hopefully, the surgery went well and he gets back as soon as possible," Derek Jeter said. "I don't know the details or how long it's going to take, but you just want to make sure he's healthy."

The Yankees owe Rodriguez $114 million for the next five years from his 10-year, $275-million contract. The team signed free agent Kevin Youkilis to a one-year, $12-million contract to fill in for Rodriguez.

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