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Originally published Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM

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A-Rod ‘unsure’ if he’ll return this season

Alex Rodriguez told the Yankees he is “unsure” when he will be ready to play — if at all — this season.

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Alex Rodriguez is backing off his tweet that he is almost ready to play.

The injured third baseman told the Yankees on Wednesday that he is “unsure” when he can play — if at all — this season, according to a source familiar with the player’s three-way conference call with general manager Brian Cashman and team president Randy Levine.

Rodriguez is recovering from hip surgery and rehabbing in Tampa, Fla. It was the first time he had spoken to Cashman in more than a month.

The Yankees have refused to give a timeline on the A-Rod’s possible return to the majors. That’s why Cashman got so upset and used an expletive in response to a Rodriguez tweet that he had been given the “green light” to begin playing in games by the doctor who performed his surgery.


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