Alex Rodriguez has increased the intensity of his infield drills.

The Yankees third baseman took grounders on the infield dirt for the first time since having right knee surgery on July 14. He also doubled his swing total in tee and soft toss sessions during the second day of work at the Yankees' minor league complex.

Rodriguez is encouraged and said Friday's workout was better than the day before.

"The first two days have been good," Rodriguez said. "I think it's how I'm going to wake up (feeling), how my body reacts the next week or so."

A-Rod took 40 grounders on his knees at around 70 feet, 10 on the edge of the infield and 10 more at the normal third base position. He also talked with a group of Atlanta Braves minor leaguers, who were at the complex for a rookie-level Gulf Coast League game.

Rodriguez took 55 swings off the tee and 63 more during soft toss.

The Yankees expect Rodriguez to rejoin the team in mid-August.