Via PeteAbe, Alex Rodriguez took a long batting practice session in Tampa and fielded grounders on the infield dirt for the first time since having surgery on his hip. A-Rod took 75 swings, hitting a bunch of homers as you’d expect, and he also increased the intensity of his running program. It looks like he might be able to play in a rehab game within seven to ten days, and hopefully be back with the big league club a week after that. That’s just pure speculation on my part though. I hear they force prisoners in Guantanamo Bay to watch a continuous loop of Cody Ransom at-bats when they don’t cooperate during an interrogation.