12/05/2014 06:29 EST | Updated 02/04/2015 05:59 EST

Yanks GM Brian Cashman says A-Rod's return could be 'every colour on the rainbow'

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Yankees general manager Brian Cashman isn't counting on Alex Rodriguez to play third base until A-Rod proves he can bounce back from a yearlong layoff.

Speaking on a conference call Friday, Cashman says "I don't know what to expect with Alex. I think it's every colour on the rainbow."

"The extreme hope is that you get the middle-of-the-lineup bat that can play third whenever you want, if not all the time, and be a productive middle-of-the-lineup hitter," Cashman said. "'But at the same time, the worst-case scenario is that he's no longer a third baseman and is not a productive bat and you're looking to find places to play, whether it's in the DH role or spot starter here or there at third."

Rodriguez was suspended last season for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labour contract.