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Rodriguez needs to prove he can play

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NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees manager Joe Girardi says returning third baseman Alex Rodriguez will have to show in spring training that he can still play. Rodriguez served a season-long suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. The three-time AL MVP turns 40 on July 27.

Girardi said he expects Rodriguez will be a starter at third but cautioned the team needs him to prove it.

Rodriguez is signed for three additional seasons for a total of $61 million.


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