Injured New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez returned to the field Monday for the first time since having hip surgery in January.
The 37-year-old ran, played catch and hit off a tee with other injured starters at the team's minor-league complex.
"[It's] like being 8-years-old again when I first grabbed a bat," Rodriguez told reporters, adding that he's "really looking forward to getting back."
Rodriguez had could return to the Yankees after the All-Star break. He had surgery Jan. 16 to repair a torn labrum and impingement in his left hip.
"It feels good to be back out in uniform," Rodriguez said. "It's been a rough stretch with the rehab, obviously. It's small bites at a time."
Rodriguez also denied allegations made in a Miami New Times report earlier this year that claimed he bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed clinic.
"I can only control what I can control," Rodriguez said. "I'm really focusing on all the great things that have happened in the game. I'm really focused on getting healthy, and just getting back and helping the Yankees win a championship."