GM: A-Rod could return 2nd week in August

The New York Yankees could have third baseman Alex Rodriguez back as soon the second week in August, according to general manager Brian Cashman.

In an interview on that aired Sunday on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," Cashman said Rodriguez is "doing very well" in his rehabilitation from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

"He's in a pool. He's on a bike. (He's) still got a little bit of a limp, which is normal. But I'd be looking at him (returning) maybe the second week of August, you know, at the earliest for me," Cashman said. "That's just us being conservative. I think we can push it and get him back sooner but, why? Our offense is strong."

Rodriguez has been out since July 7 with what originally was a lingering knee injury and later was revealed to be a meniscus tear.

Cashman also believes setup man Rafael Soriano (right shoulder) will return to the Yankees on Wednesday or Thursday and backup infielder Eric Chavez (broken foot) will be back on Tuesday.

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