New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez wouldn't tell reporters the timetable for his return, or when he will start a minor-league rehab assignment, but he did express his excitement to return to the team. On Saturday, he told the Associated Press that he "can't wait to get back" on the field.
"So far, no issues," Rodriguez said. "I'm just working really hard. I'm having fun. It's exciting to be back on the field."
On Tuesday, Rodriguez posted on Twitter that he met with his hip surgeon, who cleared him to return to playing, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that he had not received the same clearance from team doctors yet.
In his absence, third base has been covered by David Adams and Kevin Youkilis, although neither have had much success at the plate. The Yankees have earned a 42-37 record and are in the third place in the AL East, 5.5 games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox.
Rodriguez has a career batting average of .300 and has earned 14 trips to the All Star Game, although he was not selected for the game in 2012.