New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, rear left, greets third baseman Chase Headley as he arrives for a spring training baseball workout at the Yankees minor league facility, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Lynne Sladky
February 24, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Alex Rodriguez started his second day of workouts at the New York Yankees' minor league complex by hugging Chase Headley, the player signed to replace him at third base.

Suspended for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez missed all of last season and is trying to return as his 40th birthday approaches in July. Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman say Headley will be their starting third baseman and Rodriguez will compete for at-bats at designated hitter.

Rodriguez says ''he's an excellent addition to our team.'' Asked Tuesday what they discussed, Rodriguez said: ''He had some questions, stuff about hitting, baseball dialogue. That's my wheel house. It was great.''

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