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Alex Rodriguez back on field for first time since hip surgery

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Alex Rodriguez is not expected to return until midseason after having surgery during the offseason.

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

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

Rodriguez says it's "like being 8 years old again when I first grabbed a bat." He adds that it's "pretty exciting" and he's "really looking forward to getting back."

Rodriguez had surgery Jan. 16 and could return to the Yankees after the All-Star break.

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