New York Yankees Joe Girardi, right, talks to Alex Rodriguez during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Chris O'Meara
February 25, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Alex Rodriguez arrived at spring training feeling relaxed.

He reported last February after missing 2014 while serving a suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. And he was sidelined for most of 2013 following hip surgery.

This year, no such issues for the 40-year-old, coming off his first season as a full-time designated hitter. He called last spring training ''an extremely challenging situation.''

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