NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez met with top New York Yankees' officials on Tuesday and apologized to the team as he prepares to report to spring training following his season-long suspension for violations of the MLB drug program and baseball's labor contract.
A joint statement from the Yankees and Rodriguez said the 39-year-old met at Yankee Stadium with owner Hal Steinbrenner, team president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman and assistant general manager Jean Afterman.
Rodriguez was accompanied by lawyer Jim Sharp.
"Alex initiated the meeting and apologized to the organization for his actions over the past several years," the statement said. "There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues. As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training."