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Embattled A-Rod to rehab in N.Y.

TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Alex Rodriguez will rehab from hip surgery in New York and won't be with the team to start spring training.

Rodriguez, who also is facing allegations of using performance-enhancing drugs, will remain in New York as he tries to return to the field after the All-Star break.

"He will continue to rehab in New York, where he has been rehabbing," Girardi said on the first day of reporting for the team's pitchers and catchers. "He is not ready to do anything with us yet from a baseball standpoint."

Girardi left open the chance that Rodriguez perhaps could show up later in camp, but, with the third baseman not close to doing baseball activities, the chances of this are likely remote.

The Miami New Times in late January named Rodriguez as one of the clients of Anthony Bosch, a South Florida man tied to an anti-aging clinic that allegedly supplied PEDs to athletes. T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN's "Outside The Lines" reported specific details of how Bosch injected Rodriguez at his home.

Girardi played down the idea that Rodriguez isn't around because the Yankees view him as a distraction.

"Alex had somewhat of special surgery," Girardi said. "It is not a hamstring. It is not something that we have done a lot of. We feel at this point the best place for him to be is in New York rehabbing under the doctor's supervision. There will come a point where he is able to do more and that will change."

A little more than a week ago, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team would not reveal where Rodriguez's rehab would take place to negate the "paparazzi" element of the story.

Rodriguez, 37, is trying to come back from his second hip surgery. Although he had the third best OPS among all American League third basemen last season, he sank to such a low in the playoffs (0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handed pitching) that he was benched and pinch hit for late in games. He has five years and $114 million left on his contract, not including a potential $30 million in milestone home run bonuses.

ESPNNewYork.com has reported that the Yankees might try to void Rodriguez's contract, depending on the outcome of baseball's ongoing investigation into the South Florida clinic. The odds of being successful in voiding a guaranteed deal are not very good.

The Yankees signed Kevin Youkilis to a one-year contract this offseason to replace Rodriguez at third base.

Catcher Francisco Cervelli also is alleged to have been a Bosch client. Cervelli has admitted being treated by Bosch, but denies receiving any illegal substances. Cervelli plans to talk to reporters Wednesday.

"This is a test for him, in a sense, of how well he is able to block this out," Girardi said.

Overall, with scandal hanging over the Yankees' heads, Girardi doesn't feel as if this spring training will be different from any other.

"I don't think I've ever come to a Yankee camp where there hasn't been something [like] what people might call a distraction," Girardi said. "This club is used to it."

Girardi said that, in his talks with Rodriguez, he has focused on A-Rod's rehab and not on PED allegations, although the manager does wonder what has taken place.

"You are always curious about things that you read about that are potentially damaging to your players and to baseball, of course," Girardi said.