Alex Rodriguez used his public relations firm to declare his desire to return to the field this season. "Right now I’m dedicating 100 percent of my energy and focus on my rehabilitation," A-Rod said in a statement released Thursday. "I am conducing two rehab sessions each and every day in an effort to get back on the field and rejoin my Yankees teammates. I think we have a great team and I want to be a part of it."

Rodriguez, 37, is rehabbing from a second hip surgery since 2009. He’s also embroiled in another steroid scandal, alleged in a Miami New Times report to have received performance enhancing drugs from 2009 through 2012 from the now shuttered Biogenesis clinic at the center of an MLB investigation. A-Rod previously admitted steroid use from 2001-2003 following a published report of a failed sample test for PEDs.

Mark the spot

Mark Teixeira has a soft spot for Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex, site of his first collegiate game at Georgia Tech and where his Yellow Jackets once played against the Atlanta Braves. Teixeira was a switch-hitting third baseman at the time and idolized Chipper Jones, to the point of wearing high socks and Jones’ No. 10.

The Yankees will begin their Grapefruit League season at Disney World against the Braves on Saturday, and Teixeira will be in the lineup. He figures to play in five of the Yankees’ first nine exhibition games before joining Team USA’s camp at Arizona in advance of next month’s World Baseball Classic.

Robinson Cano is due to start in five of the Yankees’ first eight Grapefruit League games, including Saturday, before leaving to join the WBC’s Dominican Republic club.