Report: Rodriguez 'feels 70 percent'

Updated: April 5, 2009, 5:40 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Alex Rodriguez's progress in rehab after hip surgery is going so well that he could rejoin the New York Yankees by the end of April.

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When Rodriguez underwent hip surgery on March 9, the initial prognosis was for him to miss six to nine weeks. That would have had him returning anywhere from the end of April to the middle of May.

Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long told the New York Post that Rodriguez has begun to hit and "feels 70 percent." Long speaks with the third baseman daily, the Post reported.

Citing an unnamed team official, the Post also said it's possible Rodriguez could be back on the field by late April if the Yankees were to support that.

The three-time AL MVP has been rehabbing and working out in Colorado and eventually will move his workouts to the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Fla. A firm date for the switch is not set, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said last week. April 13 would be the latest date, Cashman said.

"Everything is going well," Cashman said. "He's working extremely hard. Everything is going as planned."

The Yankees begin a three-game road series at Tampa Bay on April 13. New York will open the season Monday in Baltimore with Cody Ransom at third base and doesn't open at home until April 16.

Rodriguez is also lifting weights, riding a stationary bike, working out in a pool and doing range of motion drills.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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