Rodriguez still on track for Saturday return

Rodriguez still on track for Saturday return

NEW YORK -- Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez took infield practice on Friday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, testing his injured right hand. He will be reinstated off the disabled list as expected on Saturday. His capabilities at this point, though, will likely remain limited.

Rodriguez, hitting .215 with six homers and 32 RBIs in 106 games with Tampa Bay this season, broke his hand when he punched a locker while with Triple-A Durham in late August. He had been optioned down to work on some things, with plans to rejoin the club later in the season.

Rodriguez said after his workout Friday that he can do just about everything but swing a bat, and he hopes to be able to contribute in the field and as a baserunner. He even added that he can "slash" and bunt, just in case he does get an opportunity at the plate.

"I could swing a bat," Rodriguez added. "Just not with as much intensity as I might want."

Rodriguez said the team would likely want to see another clear X-ray before he is cleared to swing.

"It's frustrating, just to think that it was caused by something that was self-inflicted," Rodriguez said. "Basically, just immaturity and stupidity. I'm just trying to get past that to get back in time to help the team in any way I can."