Report: A-Rod's hip damage minimal

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was found to have relatively minimal cartilage damage in his left hip during surgery this week, a person familiar with the diagnosis told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the team did not make that detail public.

Dr. Bryan Kelly of the Hospital for Special Surgery, who operated on Rodriguez on Wednesday, said last week the extent of cartilage damage was a concern and could not be determined before the operation.

Kelly repaired a torn labrum and reshaped the bone to alleviate impingement. The Yankees said Wednesday the operation "went as planned and without complication."

"We put out a statement and we're not putting out anything more than that," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told ESPN New York. "If you want to track down Alex and ask him, go do it."

New York said recovery time is six months, a timetable that projects Rodriguez to return after the All-Star break.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews and The Associated Press was used in this report.