For general manager Brian Cashman, the Yankees are "full steam ahead" in their plan to activate third baseman Alex Rodriguez on Monday night in Texas — barring a setback during a weekend of games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Rodriguez went 2-for-4 Friday night and is 3-for-8 in two games with Scranton.

Before Friday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, Cashman outlined a trio of scenarios for next week, when Rodriguez will finish his 20-day rehab assignment from offseason hip surgery. The optimal scenario involves Rodriguez starting at third base Monday. The second involves him playing as the designated hitter. The third is Rodriguez resting Monday and returning Tuesday.

But Cashman made it clear what the team intends to do. "We fully expect to have him activated, as of right now, on Monday," Cashman said.

The plan has not deviated since Rodriguez began his rehab assignment. But Rodriguez needed to clear plenty of physical hurdles along the way, a process that appears to be nearing a close. The Yankees do not expect Rodriguez, nearing his 38th birthday, to resemble his MVP form. They only need an average major-league performance to improve upon their brutal production at the hot corner this season.

"I think he’ll be better than the production we’ve gotten from third already this year," Cashman said. "All due respect to everybody else."

Entering Friday’s game with Scranton, Rodriguez had swatted two homers in his three games. That impressed manager Joe Girardi.