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A-Rod progressing, has yet to play field

A-Rod progressing with rehab

Alex Rodriguez continues to make progress toward joining the Yankees following right hip surgery.

On Friday, Rodriguez batted seven times in an extended spring game against Pirates Minor Leaguers and finished 1-for-6 with a single in his final at-bat. As a designated hitter for the second consecutive day, he also drew a walk.

The three-time AL MVP has yet to play in the field, but went 1-for-6 with a home run and two walks in an extended spring intrasquad game in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday. He had surgery on his hip in March.

"I felt pretty good. I'm looking forward to getting back on the field," Rodriguez told The Associated Press.

Before the game, Rodriguez fielded ground balls and participated in some running and agility drills on an adjacent field before moving indoors to take swings in a batting cage. He hit third in every inning, except the first, when he didn't go to the plate after finishing his indoor work, The AP reports.

"We talked about, if he feels up to it tomorrow, possibly playing third base for about five innings, and then we'll see where we're at on Sunday," New York manager Joe Girardi said before the Yankees' game against the Angels.

"I'm not going to give a date, because I don't want to put any pressure and I've kind of stuck to that," he said. "But I've also said, you know, recently, that it's possible we're going to get him sooner than May 15."

Rodriguez, who left the game after his eighth-inning single off Brandon Holden, took a called third strike from right-hander Edgar Gutierrez in the third inning. He was 0-for-3 against right-handed pitcher Ryan Kelly, who retired him on two fly balls to the outfield and a ground ball to shortstop.

According to the report, Rodriguez ran less than full speed to first base on the grounder, and jogged all the way to third after he flew to right field to make the final out of the fourth inning.

He is expected to play in another extended spring game against the Pirates on Saturday at the Yankees' Minor League complex in Tampa.

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

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