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.