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.

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.