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A-Rod to make final decision on surgery

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But if we've learned anything from recent history, it's that he'll choose poorly.

Cashman said that no surgery date has been set, though it remains inevitable that Rodriguez will eventually have to go under the knife.

"Surgery is something that's going to have to happen at some point in time," Cashman said. "The question, now, is when."

In a telephone conversation, Rodriguez told Yankees manager Joe Girardi that he was feeling relief from the tightness in his hip. Girardi said that Rodriguez's workout would help "make a determination what the next step was."

Having surgery immediately could put him out until approximately July. While the Yankees will consult with doctors and other personnel on the matter, the final decision would be ultimately made by Rodriguez.

What's your say? Should he have the surgery now or try to tough it out all season?

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