Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees three days ahead of schedule. He spoke for 8½ minutes about his season-long drug suspension.

But on his first day back with the team since September 2013, he never said why he resumed the use of performance-enhancing drugs, never explained what he did and avoided getting into any specifics.

"I cringe when I look at some of things I did," Rodriguez said, surrounded by about 40 reporters on the sidewalk outside the Yankees' minor league complex. "No mistake that I made has any good answer, no justification. It's unexplainable, and that's on me. I've dug a big hole for myself. Paid a price."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi and General Manager Brian Cashman say Chase Headley will be their starting third baseman and Rodriguez will compete for at-bats at designated hitter.

Reds dispute Latos

Reds manager Bryan Price said it's "unfair and inaccurate" for Miami pitcher Mat Latos to suggest Cincinnati rushed him back from an knee injury last season and lacked leadership in the clubhouse.

One day after Latos made his comments in an interview with Fox Sports, Price and Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty took exception to several of the pitcher's assertions.

"We follow very strict protocols after surgeries," Jocketty said. "We treat everyone the same. We make sure they are ready to go. If anything, I've always had the philosophy that if a guy says he is ready, wait an extra day or so just to make sure."


• Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar had shoulder surgery and is expected to miss his second season in a row. Team physician Dr. Keith Meister repaired a labrum tear in Profar's right shoulder in Texas.

• Matt Cain pitched his second productive bullpen session of spring training and is encouraged with each step in his recovery from the elbow surgery that cut short his 2014 season with the Giants.