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(The Sports Xchange) - New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that manager Joe Girardi recently spoke to Alex Rodriguez about playing first base next season.

Rodriguez, who is coming off a 162-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, will primarily play third base and designated hitter but may be needed at first to back up Mark Teixeira.

Cashman also said the team will make other plans for third base in case Rodriguez, 39, struggles with his health. He has had two hip operations.

"I don't think it's safe to assume that he can play third base," Cashman said, according to ESPNNewYork.com. "With his age and missing a full year, you have to have some perspective. This is a very difficult game. Alex is up for that challenge, but I think it's safer to assume that might not be something that he can handle the whole year."

Rodriguez still has three years and $61 million remaining on his contract.

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San Francisco Giants left fielder Michael Morse was placed on the team's 25-man roster for the National League Championship Series.

Morse has been out since Sept. 19 with an oblique injury. He only played one game after Aug. 31.

Morse will take the spot from outfielder Gary Brown, a former first-round draft pick. Morse batted .279 with 16 home runs and 61 RBIs in 438 at-bats in the regular season.   Continued...

 
New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez tosses his bat after flying out against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto September 18, 2013.   REUTERS/Fred Thornhill