A-Rod: I'm working hard to rejoin Yanks

February, 21, 2013
2/21/13
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Alex Rodriguez says he is working hard to rehabilitate his surgically repaired hip and is looking forward to joining the Yankees as soon as possible.

"Right now I'm dedicating 100 percent of my energy and focus on my rehabilitation. I am conducting two rehab sessions each and every day in an effort to get back on the field and rejoin my Yankees teammates," Rodriguez said in the statement released by his PR representatives. "I think we have a great team and I want to be a part of it."

The timing of the statement coincided with A-Rod's appearing in the New York tabs going out to dinner. That was just a coincidence, according to a source. A-Rod's PR agency had been planning on releasing an update on his status and it just happened to occur after the photos of him going out to eat were published.

In New York, Rodriguez is working under the supervision of Dr. Brian Kelly and his trainer Pete Draovitch. While the Yankees haven't seemed all that crazy about A-Rod returning, it is clear Rodriguez's focus is being on the field in pinstripes. At best, he will not return until after the All-Star break.

Besides trying to rehabilitate the hip, Rodriguez is dealing with investigations into his association with Anthony Bosch and Anthony Galea.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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