A-Rod gets ‘great news’ on hip

Alex Rodriguez is all set to start his winter workouts.

The New York Yankees star found out this week that his

surgically repaired right hip is holding up fine.

“Great news,” he said Thursday.

Rodriguez had surgery last March for torn cartilage and

missed the first month of the season. At the time, Dr. Marc

Philippon, who performed the operation, thought Rodriguez would

need a more extensive procedure in the offseason.

But Philippon recently examined Rodriguez, and an MRI test

helped show the three-time MVP had properly healed. The doctor told

A-Rod that he was A-OK on Monday.

Otherwise, Rodriguez probably would’ve been “having surgery

today,” he said at a Yankee Stadium news conference to formally

introduce Curtis Granderson.

Rodriguez was the Yankees’ top hitter in the postseason,

batting .365 with six home runs and 18 RBIs as they won the World

Series. He had 30 homers and 100 RBIs during his injury-shortened

regular season.

Philippon checked Rodriguez during the first round of the

playoffs and liked what he saw.

“I have to say, I’m impressed with his progression and the

way the season went,” Philippon said then. “I wouldn’t say I’m

surprised because you’re dealing with a world-class athlete who has

a lot of discipline.”

Rodriguez said he threw Wednesday for the first time this

offseason and could start hitting anytime he wanted. The All-Star

third baseman said he was eager to begin his full winter

conditioning program.

The Yankees gave Rodriguez a regular day of rest last season,

but he said didn’t anticipate needing the same breaks next year. As

for occasionally taking a day to be the DH, he said that would be

fine “once a month.”