A-Rod to play in St. Pete on Saturday

A-Rod to play in St. Pete on Saturday

NEW YORK -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Alex Rodriguez had yet another "good day" working out on Friday. His best possible day -- for now -- should come Saturday, as the three-time American League MVP will be cleared to get back on the playing field.

Rodriguez will play in an extended spring game on Saturday at the Yankees' Minor League complex in St. Petersburg, Fla., logging four or five at-bats and playing third base in a game that will also feature Tampa Bay pitching prospect David Price. Barring any setbacks, Rodriguez could rejoin the Yankees in New York on Tuesday against the Orioles.

Rodriguez has not played since April 28 in Baltimore, when he strained his right quadriceps running out a ground ball. He was placed on the disabled list April 30 and could have been activated last Thursday, but the Yankees wanted to be cautious after Rodriguez aggravated a pre-existing injury by returning after just three games last month.

New York is 6-9 in the 15 games since Rodriguez went on the disabled list. He worked out in front of Yankees manager Joe Girardi on Thursday at Tropicana Field, running the bases at an estimated 95 percent. Rodriguez is to simulate baseball activities on Sunday and play in another extended spring game on Monday before traveling to New York.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.