TAMPA, Fla. - Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right hip, and doctors said they found nothing that would keep him from returning to the lineup in May.

Other options considered were a more aggressive surgery that would have sidelined Rodriguez up to four months or a conservative approach of rest and treatment.

General manager Brian Cashman expects the three-time AL MVP back on the field "sometime in May." Rodriguez will need a more extensive operation after the season, and Dr. Marc Philippon, who performed the 80-minute procedure, said Rodriguez will "absolutely" be ready for spring training in 2010.

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