Report: Alex Rodriguez recently tutored by Barry Bonds

Alex Rodriguez last hit 30 homers during the 2010 season.

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Alex Rodriguez couldn’t have found a more controversial training partner as he attempts to come back from his season-long suspension.

Rodriguez recently spent time in the batting cage with all-time home run leader Barry Bonds, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Bonds, of course, has faced steroids accusations and legal battles of his own both during and after his playing career, which ended in 2007. 

According to the San Francisco Chronicle report, Bonds has tutored numerous players at the Future Prospects facility in San Rafael, Calif., the past couple of offseasons. And A-Rod, who recently posted the photo below on his Instagram account, was among his pupils this month.

In addition to his lost 2014 season, Rodriguez was limited to only 44 games in 2013 after returning from a second hip surgery. Perhaps the only bigger uncertainty than how effective Rodriguez still can be is where he will get playing time. He was the Yankees’ starting third baseman before the injuries and suspension, but the team recently re-signed third baseman Chase Headley to a four-year, $52 million contract. Thus, Rodriguez might be limited to DH and pinch-hitting duty.

Rodriguez, who will turn 40 in July, has three years and $61 million remaining on his contract. 

Starting the year in the cage.

A photo posted by Alex Rodriguez (@arod) on