A-Rod's absence in camp to be a weird feeling

A-Rod's absence in camp to be a weird feeling

TAMPA, Fla. -- With 84 players invited to camp, space is at a premium in the Yankees' clubhouse, but there is no problem finding a little extra breathing room around Alex Rodriguez's vacant locker.

A-Rod is expected to be the only absent player as the Yankees hold their first full-squad workout on Monday, because Rodriguez has been instructed to stay in New York all spring to complete his rehab from hip surgery.

"It's going to be odd that he's not here," Yankees captain Derek Jeter said. "It's going to be weird not having him here. He's been a part of this team since 2004, so it's going to be awkward."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he has been keeping in touch with Rodriguez, who could rejoin the big league roster after the All-Star break.

"I keep in touch with him to see how he's doing and make sure he's rehabbing," Girardi said. "Everything's going good."