Rays activate Rodriguez for multi-purpose role

Rays activate Rodriguez for multi-purpose role

NEW YORK -- The Rays activated Sean Rodriguez from the disabled list before Saturday's game against the Yankees, giving manager Joe Maddon his first opportunity to use the infielder since Aug. 20.

Rodriguez has appeared in games at second base, third base, shortstop and as a designated hitter and pinch-hitter for the Rays this season but was sent down to Triple-A Durham in late August. He subsequently fractured his right hand after punching a locker, and instead of rejoining the Rays shortly after being sent down, as planned, Rodriguez had to sit out a few weeks.

Maddon said on Saturday that he expects to use Rodriguez in a variety of roles, though hitting may be touch-and-go at the onset.

"All kinds of stuff; offense, defense, baserunning -- everything, pretty much," Maddon said of Rodriguez's capabilities. "If we put him up there, I want him to be able to swing also. So if he tells me he can swing, then he can go up there."

For now, Maddon said, Rodriguez -- batting .215 with six homers and 32 RBIs in 106 games this season -- will likely be used in late-game situations.

"He'd come in as a defensive replacement, pinch-runner -- that kind of stuff," Maddon said.