On Monday, Alex Rodriguez made his first public appearance in a Yankees uniform since Game 4 of the 2012 American League Championship Series, rejoining his team for Opening Day at Yankee Stadium.

Rodriguez was on hand as the club prepared to open the regular season against the Red Sox. He was not with the team for all of Spring Training, having mostly stayed in New York while recovering from left hip surgery.

"We're in the very beginning -- I would say Stage 1 -- in this recovery," Rodriguez said. "The recovery is going very well. I've been devoting 100 percent of my time and my focus into getting back and playing and helping this team win a title."

Rodriguez is not expected to be ready to play at the big league level until after the All-Star break. Speaking with reporters outside the Yankees' clubhouse, Rodriguez said that he did not know if he would take part in the traditional Opening Day player introductions.

"I haven't checked, but I don't need to be introduced to feel like I'm part of this team," Rodriguez said. "I'll tell you what, when I get introduced, I want to be on the field and not look back."

Rodriguez confirmed that he has spoken with investigators from the Major League Baseball Players Association, but he declined to comment further on his involvement with Major League Baseball's ongoing investigation into the now-defunct Biogenesis clinic in Coral Gables, Fla.

Records obtained by the Miami New Times indicated that Rodriguez was a client of proprietor Anthony Bosch; via a spokesperson, Rodriguez has said that the records are "not legitimate."