A-Rod releases statement in response to ... something

Alex Rodriguez says he's completely focused on his rehab this offseason. (Getty Images)

Perhaps it's in response to all the Biogenesis speculation or perhaps it's in response to the New York Daily News's restraining-order-worthy coverage of his every impluse. Whatever the motivation, hobbled Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has released the following statement:

"Right now I’m dedicating 100% of my energy and focus on my rehabilitation. I am conducting 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, of course, is battling his way back from hip surgery, and even the best-case scenario puts him back on the active roster at some point after the All-Star break. Still, despite the controversy surrounding him and despite his tin-eared instincts, there's no doubting Rodriguez's work ethic. It's easy to doubt a lot that comes out of A-Rod's mouth, but when he says he's "conducting two rehab sessions each and every day," I'm inclined to believe him.

Obligatory: Rodriguez is owed a minimum of $114 million over the next five seasons.

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