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A-Rod: “No reason why I can’t play at a very high level”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 01, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez just spoke for the first time since his offseason hip surgery and the latest accusations of performance enhancing drugs. As expected, he would not address the Biogenesis connection except to say that he has already met with members of the players association.

On whether he’ll be introduced during pregame ceremonies
“I haven’t checked, but I don’t need to be introduced to feel like I’m a part of this team. When I get introduced I want to be on the field and not look back.”

On when he expects to be back
“We’re going to leave that up to the doctor. We’re at the very beginning of stage one in this recovery. Recovery is going very well. I’m devoting 100 percent of my time and focus into getting back and playing and helping this team win a title.”

On his level of play when he does return
“I think it can be very high. When I found out, after the season was over about the big tear in my left hip, it was a bit of a relief to realize and understand how you ended last year. I was able to go in and fix it, rehab and I think once I’m mended and I’m back to being 100 percent, there’s no reason why I can’t play at a very high level.”

On whether he should have had the hip checked sooner
“Hindsight is always 20-20. If I would have, we never would have had that very tough ending, that’s for sure. Live and learn.”

On whether he’s worried about a possible suspension
“No. I’m not. But I’m not going to further discuss this. At some point, I feel that everything will be good.”

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