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Yankees fast-tracking A-Rod rehab

Updated: March 8, 2009, 6:32 PM ET
By Stephania Bell, ESPN.com

Just when it seemed that Alex Rodriguez might be headed down the path of conservative management (aspiration of the cyst followed by rest and rehab), his treatment course took yet another turn.

The Yankees have now announced that Rodriguez will undergo a surgical procedure on his problematic right hip that should have him back on the field within six to nine weeks. Six to nine weeks? Just a few days ago we were saying a 10- week projection was optimistic, especially given that Chase Utley and Mike Lowell are rounding the four-month mark following their respective hip surgeries, and they're still not locks for their Opening Day lineups.

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