A-Rod to take in Opening Day

Updated: March 31, 2013, 9:19 AM ET
By Matt Ehalt | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will be at Yankee Stadium on Monday for Opening Day against the Boston Red Sox, general manager Brian Cashman confirmed Saturday.

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Rodriguez, who will start the season on the disabled list after undergoing a left hip arthroscopy in January, did not spend time with the Yankees during spring training.

The New York Post earlier reported that Rodriguez would be with the team on Opening Day.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he was unsure if Rodriguez would dress and take the field for player introductions.

"I haven't asked. I don't see why he wouldn't necessarily do it," Girardi said. "He's part of our team. I don't know what the expectation is. But he's part of our team and I'm looking forward to seeing him."

The 37-year-old third baseman is rehabbing from the left hip surgery and is expected to rejoin the team during the middle of the season. The official Facebook fan page for Rodriguez posted a photo on Friday showing the third baseman working out with the caption: "The rehab journey continues. Ready to support the New York Yankees."

The arthroscopic surgery he underwent in December repaired a torn labrum and a bone impingement and corrected a cyst.

Even though Rodriguez has been away from the Yankees this offseason, he hasn't stayed out of the headlines.

A Miami News Times story in January reported that Rodriguez had purchased human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis of America, an allegation he denied. MLB is investigating Biogenesis and has filed a lawsuit seeking documents from the clinic.

Rodriguez will be appearing at Yankee Stadium for the first time since Game 2 of last year's AL Championship Series. He went 1 for 4 in that game and was 1 for 9 in the series as part of a 3-for-25 postseason.

Rodriguez was heavily booed during the playoffs for his struggles, as he failed to drive in a run. He could be serenaded with another chorus of boos if the team introduces him on Monday.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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