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Yankees’ Rodriguez takes steps toward return

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:31 p.m. CDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez was back on the field for the first time since having surgery on his left hip almost four months ago.

Rodriguez joined a group of injured New York Yankees starters at the team’s minor league complex. The 37-year-old third baseman ran, played catch and hit off a tee.

Rodriguez said it was “pretty exciting” and he’s “really looking forward to getting back.”

The veteran slugger had surgery Jan. 16 and could return to the Yankees after the All-Star break. A surgeon repaired a torn labrum and impingement during the operation in New York.

Rodriguez is taking part in a 30-day rehab schedule setup by his doctors and team officials.

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