"He’s learned nothing," a Yankees executive told the Daily News. "He’s the same, old guy. He just did what he wanted to do."
The Yankees actually didn’t mind A-Rod showing up early; they just would have appreciated a heads-up so the team’s media relations department would have been better prepared.
A-Rod worked out, taking grounders and batting practice — including hitting six home runs on 71 swings.
It was Rodriguez’s first workout at the Yankees complex since his 162-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.
A-Rod has a good reason to get started early. After last season, GM Brian Cashman said the 39-year-old slugger would no longer be the club’s everyday third baseman after the team signed free-agent Chase Headley.
The Yankees are hoping A-Rod, who at 654 homers is six shy of catching Willie Mays for fourth on MLB’s all-time list, will be the club’s main designated hitter.
The rest of the position players are expected to report to camp on Wednesday with the team’s first full-squad workout slated for Thursday.