Alex Rodriguez said he was focusing on playing third base rather than becoming the permanent solution to the Yankees' vacancy at designated hitter.

The DH spot became available after Jesus Montero was traded to the Seattle Mariners for pitcher Michael Pineda.

Rodriguez said he had not met with manager Joe Girardi or general manager Brian Cashman to mull over the vacancy.

But he appeared to have a clear idea to take into any discussions at spring training next month.

"I think the vision for us as a team is now ... you want the DH spot to be one that's kind of a revolving door," Rodriguez told ESPN Deportes. "I think a lot of us at some point or another, in such a long season, are going occupy that spot. But for me, I'm really excited about playing third base."

Rodriguez appeared in only 99 games last season because of knee and hip injuries and visited a German doctor during the offseason on the advice of Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

A-Rod said he was feeling "pretty good" after the treatment and was looking forward to a "great year on the field."

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