Rodriguez's hand sore, but cleared to swing bat

Rodriguez's hand sore, but cleared to swing bat

ST. PETERSBURG -- Infielder Sean Rodriguez, who came off the disabled list Saturday, said he was cleared to start swinging again after seeing a doctor for an X-ray on Monday.

Rodriguez, who suffered a broken hand in mid-August when he punched a locker while playing for Triple-A Durham, said he took batting practice in the cages, took soft toss and swung off a tee on Monday.

"It felt good," Rodriguez said about picking up a bat again. "A little soreness. It's a fracture, you're going to feel that, but it felt awesome."

Rodriguez added that he'll take batting practice on the field before Tuesday's matchup with the Red Sox.

Manager Joe Maddon added that he is comfortable having Rodriguez pinch-hit or even make a start if the matchups play right.

"Last couple games he was primarily [available] as a defensive replacement or as a bunter extraordinaire, but that didn't show up," Maddon said, "but he's cleared full go."

Rodriguez said that from the defensive end, there is no pain when throwing.

In 107 games, Rodriguez is batting .215 with six homers and 32 RBIs.