NEW YORK -- X-rays on Alex Rodriguez's fractured left hand brought back positive results on Tuesday, and the Yankees' third baseman will have a brace removed as he continues his recovery from a July 24 injury.
Rodriguez can now begin strengthening exercises; he was previously limited to running and throwing a football during batting practice. The Yankees initially announced that Rodriguez would miss four to six weeks, and that has not changed, as the club targets a September return.
"It's definitely better," manager Joe Girardi of Rodriguez's hand after the Yankees' 3-0 victory over the Rangers. "He's not quite ready to swing, but he will start doing strengthening exercises. That's a good sign for us."