"I am just playing as hard as I can and trying to help the team to win," said Rodriguez, who entered play on Wednesday batting .301 with five homers and 12 RBIs in 31 games.
Rodriguez said that he should have no problem running the bases, even if he needs to slide. The 38-year-old acknowledged that he has lost at least a step on the basepaths following two hip surgeries.
"When you run as slow as I do, sliding is not a big deal," Rodriguez said. "That's not in slow motion, that's real speed."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.