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Two quick notes: A-Rod speaks and a WBC update

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Two things…

1. Alex Rodriguez issued a statement through his public relations spokesman tonight. He’s currently rehabbing with Dr. Brian Kelly and trainer Pete Draovitch.

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

2. The Yankees updated the number of players heading to the World Baseball Classic. It’s now seven guys.

Mark Teixeira (USA)
Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic)
Juan Cedeno (Dominican Republic)
Melky Mesa (Dominican Republic)
Gil Velazquez (Mexico)
Walter Ibarra (Mexico)
Pat Venditte (Italy)

With Derek Jeter hurt and both Velazquez and Ibarra gone, the Yankees will be down to Eduardo Nunez, Jayson Nix, Addison Maruszak and Cito Culver as the only shortstops in camp. Both Nix and Maruszak have been getting most of their time at second and third so far this spring. Also, Venditte had right shoulder surgery last year and wasn’t expected back until the middle of the year. I suppose there’s a chance he’s going to the WBC strictly as a left-hander.