A-Rod to Undergo Minor Hip Surgery

Yank puts off bigger procedure until winter; back in 6-8 weeks
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2009 12:26 PM CDT
In this Feb. 18, 2009 file photo, Alex Rodriguez stretches during spring training in Tampa, Fla. The Yankees star will miss up to two months after he undergoes surgery on his right hip.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
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(Newser) – Faced with the choice between playing through pain and undergoing an invasive surgery, Alex Rodriguez chose Hidden Option C: an arthroscopic surgical procedure that will put off the major operation until after the baseball season. He'll still be out for 6-8 weeks, but the scandal-plagued slugger prefers that to the 4-month alternative, reports the New York Post.

"It was Alex's decision, but the Yankees were there all the way," says Rodriguez's doctor. A-Rod will go under the less invasive knife tomorrow in Colorado, and stay there "for the forseeable future" to rehab, says Brian Cashman. An 8-week recovery would have him back just in time for a home series against the Red Sox.