Rehabbing A-Rod working to rejoin team this year

Rehabbing A-Rod working to rejoin team this year

TAMPA, Fla. -- While the Yankees prepare to begin their Grapefruit League schedule this weekend, third baseman Alex Rodriguez is working on his rehabilitation from hip surgery in New York, hoping to get back on the field this season.

Rodriguez issued a statement through his spokesman Thurdsay, saying he is working out under the supervision of Dr. Bryan Kelly and trainer Pete Draovitch. Kelly performed Rodriguez's two-hour operation in January at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

The anticipated full recovery from the surgery is six months, which would put Rodriguez in line to return around the middle of the season.

"Right now I'm dedicating 100% of my energy and focus on my rehabilitation. I am conducting two rehab sessions each and every day in an effort to get back on the field and rejoin my Yankees teammates," Rodriguez said in his statement. "I think we have a great team and I want to be a part of it."

Rodriguez is among the Major Leaguers linked to the controversy involving Biogenesis, a Miami-area anti-aging clinic that reportedly sold performance-enhancing drugs to players. Major League Baseball is currently investigating the clinic.

Rodriguez has denied having any connection to Biogenesis or its director, Anthony Bosch. The Yankees have declined to comment on the situation due to the pending MLB investigation.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.