Alex Rodriguez remains firmly in the Yankees' future plans – at least in regards to the upcoming baseball season.

"We expect him back this summer," general manager Brian Cashman said of A-Rod's rehabilitation following hip surgery, putting the slugger's ETA sometime in the second half.

As to the latest steroid allegations dogging Rodriguez, the Yankees are content to let Major League Baseball's investigation play out.

"They're leading the way as they review these very serious allegations to determine what's accurate or inaccurate," Cashman said Monday at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. "Everybody's entitled to due process.

"It's a controversial situation that we can't judge until we have actual facts that can be supported or refuted."

Along with Mariano Rivera, Mark Teixeira and manager Joe Girardi, Cashman spoke at a fundraiser for WCBS-AM engineer Carlos Silva, who is battling esophageal cancer.

Cashman said he hadn't spoken with Rodriguez about last week's Miami New Times report that the Yankee third baseman had purchased and used human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs from 2009 through last season, PEDs allegedly obtained through a South Florida anti-aging clinic.

The Yankees have kept tabs on A-Rod's post-surgical rehab, which is going as expected.

Since the latest steroid allegations, "I've been in touch [with Rodriguez]," Girardi said. "We've communicated. That's about all I can tell you."

Yankees pitchers and catchers are due to report next week and Girardi anticipates business as usual.