If X-rays become any more frequent for Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte, they both might start glowing in the dark. But each player described Sunday's round as positive, with A-Rod looking to swing a bat by next weekend and Pettitte hopeful of throwing off a mound in another week or so.
"Everything is as scheduled," Rodriguez said Sunday night after the Yankees' 4-1 win over the Red Sox. "It's definitely healing good. The doctor was encouraged by the pictures, so we continue to heal."
A-Rod will be re-evaluated Thursday. In the meantime, he was given clearance to step up the strengthening exercises for his left hand and wrist.
"That's definitely the most encouraging part of this," Rodriguez said. "I've been able to do pretty much everything else -- defense, conditioning, top-hand hitting."
As for Pettitte, who also will travel with the Yankees this week, the plan is to begin pushing off while playing catch on flat ground to test his mending left ankle, which was fractured June 28. He's still waiting to get on the mound, and that's the most critical step. "Everything looked good," Pettitte said. "It's healing up. I may be X-rayed out. All I know is I'm feeling good and I want to keep feeling good."
Feliciano in future?
Pedro Feliciano is sneaking up on a September comeback with the Yankees. So stealthily that Joe Girardi didn't realize at first he had made another rehab outing Saturday, when Feliciano threw a scoreless inning in his third appearance for the Gulf Coast League Yankees.
When told of the outing, however, Girardi was optimistic Feliciano could make his Yankees debut next month. "We hope so," Girardi said. "I think that's why he's going through what he's going through. If we didn't think he could help us, we wouldn't put him through this."