TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez is back on the field for the first time since surgery on his left hip almost four months ago.

He joined a group of injured New York Yankees starters Monday at the team's minor league complex. The 37-year-old third baseman ran, played catch and hit off a tee.

Rodriguez said it's "like being 8 years old again when I first grabbed a bat." He added it's "pretty exciting" and he's "really looking forward to getting back."

Rodriguez had surgery Jan. 16 and could return to the Yankees after the All-Star break. A surgeon repaired a torn labrum and impingement in the operation in New York.

"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 is currently taking part in a 30-day rehab schedule setup by his doctors and team officials.

Former MLB outfielder Otis Nixon arrested

CANTON, Ga. - Former Major League outfielder Otis Nixon has been arrested on drug charges following a weekend traffic stop in suburban Atlanta.

Nixon was pulled over just after midnight Saturday after another driver called police to report a Dodge Ram truck weaving all over the road, according to an incident report from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. The 54-year-old remained in jail Monday afternoon on $11,880 bond.

Officers found a pipe for smoking crack cocaine in Nixon's pants pocket and found a suspected crack rock in the driver's seat, the report says.

A sheriff's deputy arrested Nixon on charges of possession of cocaine and possession of a drug-related object.

Inside pitch

• The Cleveland Indians placed reliever Vinnie Pestano on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right elbow Monday, a move they contemplated for several days before finally executing. Left-hander Nick Hagadone was recalled from Triple-A Columbus.

• The season is over for Chicago White Sox starter Gavin Floyd - and maybe most of next year, too. The team said Monday the right-hander will be out for 14 to 19 months after elbow surgery. He will have the ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor muscle repaired in New York today.