Derek Jeter arrived at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa after a workout at Steinbrenner Field yesterday with a familiar face in the passenger seat: Alex Rodriguez.

While the embattled Rodriguez came and went without speaking to reporters, Jeter insisted Rodriguez will not be a problem for the Yankees if he gets back to The Bronx despite all the issues swirling around the third baseman.

“Why would he be a distraction?” Jeter said. “[The media] may be a distraction to him because you ask him questions. I’ve never seen how someone could be a distraction to a team, because we don’t have to deal with it. I’m sure he gets tired of answering questions, but there’s no way he could be a distraction for us.”

Rodriguez has managed to be a three-ring circus again lately with little prodding from reporters.

Just in the past few days, Rodriguez angered team officials by having his representatives say he was starting rehab games Monday and then contradicting the team’s stance on his Twitter account.

That led to him being the subject of a profanity-laced criticism by general manager Brian Cashman — all while the subject of MLB’s investigation into his alleged involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal. Even the normally hectic Yankees might have a hard time with all that.