GM says A-Rod rehab 'going well'

Updated: March 31, 2009, 1:36 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez is making progress in rehab after hip surgery and soon could move his workouts from Colorado to the New York Yankees' spring training complex.

A firm date for the switch to Tampa, Fla., is not set, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday. But he said April 13 would be the latest date.

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"We're still talking about it," Cashman said.

The Yankees open a three-game road series at Tampa Bay on April 13.

"Everything is going well," Cashman said. "He's working extremely hard. Everything is going as planned."

Rodriguez had surgery in Vail, Colo., on March 9 and the Yankees don't expect the third baseman to rejoin the team until about May 15. Cashman added that the three-time AL MVP has indicated he hopes to be back sooner.

Rodriguez has started lightly swinging a bat, and manager Joe Girardi received a message from the star slugger saying he was set to resume throwing this week.

"He was going to up his work level a little bit more," Girardi said. "His rehab is taking another step. Seemed like he was in a good frame of mind. We miss him and he misses us."

Rodriguez is also lifting weights, riding a stationary bike, working out in a pool and doing a range of motion drills.


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