Alex Rodriguez excited to be back on field as injury rehab continues

Alex Rodriguez joined a group of injured New York Yankees starters Monday at the team's minor league complex, running, playing catch, and hitting off a tee.

Underwent hip surgery in January

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez talks to the media on Monday, when he reported to the team's minor league complex for rehabilitation. (Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)

Alex Rodriguez is back on the field for the first time since surgery on his left hip almost four months ago.

He joined a group of injured New York Yankees starters Monday at the team's minor league complex in Tampa, Fla. The 37-year-old third baseman ran, played catch and hit off a tee.

Rodriguez says it's "like being 8 years old again when I first grabbed a bat." He adds that it's "pretty exciting" and he's "really looking forward to getting back."

Rodriguez had surgery Jan. 16 and could return to the Yankees after the All-Star break.