Mar 3, 2015 10:59 AM

A-Rod says he'll be a little nervous' in return Wednesday

The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Alex Rodriguez predicts he'll be "a little nervous" when he returns to the field Wednesday for his first game in 17 months following a season-long drug suspension.

The three-time AL MVP, who turns 40 in July, skipped the New York Yankees' spring training opener Tuesday against Philadelphia in Clearwater. He is slated to be a designated hitter for two or three at-bats against the Phillies on Wednesday at Steinbrenner Field.

He says he's "excited for tomorrow" and adds: "I'm not sure how ready, but I'll give it a shot."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi says of Rodriguez: "He was caught. He paid his time and now he's back, and he's a Yankee and we're going to cheer for him."


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