TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez arrived at Steinbrenner Field a few minutes before 10 a.m. Wednesday to complete his physical, which he passed.
During the two hours he was there, he and Joe Girardi met to discuss what's ahead this spring and, presumably, what had occurred. But neither disclosed much in the way of specifics, other than to say the possibility of A-Rod seeing some time at first base was discussed.
The primary question, whether Rodriguez apologized to Girardi for what has gone down in recent years, went unanswered.
"I'm going to keep our conversations private," Rodriguez said after taking 102 swings during a batting practice/workout session at the club's minor-league complex.
Said Girardi: "That sort of thing I'll keep in between us. But we had a good conversation and he's ready to go to work."
Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner Wednesday said he's not interested anymore in the past regarding A-Rod, echoing most of his team's fans.
"Hopefully this spring he can contribute, that's the bottom line," Steinbrenner said, according to The Associated Press. "He can hit. He's got the hand-to-eye coordination. He can make contact. He's a natural. Hopefully he can still do it. We're just going take it as it goes. I'm not going to comment on [the past]. As far as whether he can contribute or not, we'll have to see. Hopefully he will. Hopefully he'll help the lineup."
New hitting coach Jeff Pentland said he expects Rodriguez's adjustment at the plate after not playing for nearly two years to be smooth.
"I don't think he's going to have that many issues," Pentland said. "He was born to hit, that's the way I feel about him."
The Yankees signed Chase Headley to a four-year, $52-million deal this offseason to take Rodriguez's previous job as every-day third baseman, but that doesn't mean there isn't a role for Rodriguez if he proves healthy. So far, he seems to be and Girardi said if it stays that way he will play in either the spring opener Tuesday in Clearwater against the Phillies or the following day at Steinbrenner Field, also vs. the Phillies.
The envisioned role for now for Rodriguez is as a DH against lefties and some time at first base as a potential option to spell Mark Teixeira, who has had his share of injuries the last three years. "Basically I told him, whatever he needs, I'm all in," Rodriguez said. "It's [first base] something we already talked a little bit about, via text this offseason. Whether Joe wants me to play third base, first base, DH, ball boy. I'm all in. Whatever it takes."
Girardi said he probably won't have A-Rod work at first base the first couple of days of spring training -- the first full- squad workout is Thursday -- but will soon enough.
"I don't think the actual catching and throwing is going to be a problem," Girardi said. "It's knowing how to come off the base, knowing where to be on cuts and relays. But Alex studies the game so I think he can pick that up."
Teixeira is looking forward to tutoring A-Rod at the position.
"I'll enjoy working with him over there," said Teixeira, who happened to run into A-Rod in the offseason when both were vacationing in the Bahamas with their respective families. "It's funny, I was a rookie when Alex was the best player in the world , and he got to teach me some things. Now I'm going to be able to teach him some things at first. But having a decent backup is important. Having Alex out there, or whoever it might be, playing decent first base is big for the team."