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Recovering A-Rod hits basepaths

Recovering A-Rod hits basepaths

Alex Rodriguez's target return date of May 15 keeps getting closer, and the rehabilitation on his surgically repaired hip continues to grow more intense.

While training at the Yankees' Spring Training home in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, the All-Star third baseman ran the bases for the first time since undergoing right hip surgery on March 9, according to The Associated Press.

Rodriguez ran 10 times between first and second base -- including twice with a trainer pulling on a strap around his waist -- and also increased his defensive drills, the AP said. Rodriguez charged slow rollers for the first time and extended his range while going after grounders.

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The three-time American League Most Valuable Player was shut down after a short stint with the Dominican Republic in preparation for the World Baseball Classic this spring, and he took batting practice for the first time since the surgery last Thursday.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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