S-Rod fracture confirmed, could return in Sept.; Maddon not counting on it
UPDATE, 7:18: Though Rodriguez could be healthy enough to return by the end of the regular season, manager Joe Maddon said he wasn't going to count on him, and made clear his disappointment with Rodriguez.
"It's unfortunate because he was definitely a part of our very short-term, near-term plans,'' Maddon said. "He was going to be playing up in Toronto, we had it all set up he was going to be out (in Durham) for a couple days, work on some things and come back and play. So it's very unfortunate for us and for him.''
As for Rodriguez returning in late September: "It's possible, but it's still unfortunate because we needed him earlier than that. So there's no real great solace in the fact that he's going to be available at some point. He should be available as of Sept. 1. That's what we were looking for.''
Maddon said he and Rodriguez texted back and forth, and the Rodriguez was contrite. "He obviously was upset about his actions and how inappropriate they were,'' Maddon said. "He's always been an accountable fellow. But you just can't do things like that. It upsets the rhythm of what we're doing and what he's doing. Of course, a regular injury is a different story. A self-inflicted wound is something different.''
Maddon said at best it was "possible" Rodriguez could return during the regular season. "It's possible,'' he said. "That's what I'm hearing as being possible. I'm not counting on anything. When you're talking about broken bones and stuff I'm not counting on anything.''
BREAKING: An exam by in St. Petersburg by Dr. Doug Carlan confirmed a fracture in INF Sean Rodriguez's right hand, but it does not require surgery and the Rays say Rodriguez should miss only a few weeks and be able to return sometime in September.
Rodriguez broke his hand Sunday, while at Triple-A Durham, punching a locker in frustration. He was scheduled to be recalled on Saturday and play a meaningful role down the stretch.