Under that timetable, the earliest he will pitch for the Red Sox is the weekend of April 13, when the Orioles come to town for a four-game series.
Rodriguez is coming off right knee surgery and the goal is for him to have complete confidence in his health when he returns. That hasn't been the case in the past couple of years when he returned from knee problems.
"It's strictly his knee and his extension," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "It's very important for him to be 100 percent. I think this organization has been through the path before and it seemed like it didn't work out, so we have to make sure he's completely healthy."
Rodriguez could provide the Red Sox with a big boost upon his return. David Price said after his start Friday that Rodriguez threw the ball the best of any Red Sox starter throughout Spring Training.
Drew Pomeranz, another lefty on the mend (flexor strain in left forearm), will pitch four or five innings in a Minors game on Wednesday.
Hector Velazquez and Brian Johnson, who will start Sunday and Monday, are currently filling in for Rodriguez and Pomeranz in Boston's rotation.
Sale, Johnson pack bats for Miami Red Sox ace Chris Sale prepared for his Interleague start in Miami on Tuesday by taking batting practice before Saturday's game. With his final swing, Sale put one over the wall in right and jokingly did a bat flip.
Will Cora tape the bat to Sale's shoulder on Tuesday so he won't be tempted to swing?