Yankees’ Rodriguez Takes First Swings Since Having Hip Surgery

Alex Rodriguez participated in his first baseball activities since undergoing left hip surgery four months ago, as he ran, threw and hit off a tee yesterday at the New York Yankees’ minor league complex.

Rodriguez started a 30-day rehabilitation program in Tampa, Florida, joining teammates Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Kevin Youkilis, Francisco Cervelli and Ivan Nova, who are also working their way back from injuries.

Rodriguez will be re-evaluated after his rehab period and then will probably begin another 30-day program, meaning the earliest he’d be able to join the Yankees would be after Major League Baseball All-Star break from July 15-18. Rodriguez said he’s not focusing on a timetable for his return and isn’t yet sure that it will be this season.

“I really hope so. That’s as specific as I’ll get,” Rodriguez told reporters yesterday, according to the team’s website. “But I’m working 24/7 to get back on the field.”

Rodriguez, a three-time American League Most Valuable Player, hasn’t played since last year’s postseason, when he went 3-for-25 without an extra-base hit and struck out 12 times. The Yankees have said Rodriguez’s struggles were probably connected to the hip injuries and in January he had surgery to repair a torn labrum and correct bone alignment and a cyst.

“I have a lot of unfinished business,” said Rodriguez, who also praised the Yankees for their 18-12 start. “I’m looking forward to getting back and helping my team win.”

Teixeira, who’s missed the first 30 games with a partially torn tendon in his right wrist, fielded ground balls yesterday while taking 20 swings in a soft-toss drill. He may take live batting practice later this week, the Yankees’ website said.

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