Alex Rodriguez is having a very bad start to the season for the New York Yankees. According to the latest Yankees news, A-Rod will likely miss time due to an oblique injury he suffered during the 8-1 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon.
Rodriguez left the game in the sixth inning, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the injury happened in the batting cage. A-Rod was 1-for-2, hitting an RBI doubled before leaving the game to get checked out by the training staff.
“It was not after his double. It was when he was preparing for his next at-bat by taking swings in the cage. Anytime someone leaves with an oblique you’re not really optimistic because they take a while depending on the severity of it,” Girardi told CBS Sports.
“I hope whatever it is turns out to be really, really minor. He said he didn’t feel that bad when he went to get the MRI, but I think the MRI will tell us more,” he added.
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According to a report by the New York Daily News, Yankees fans and coaching staff got good news following A-Rod’s MRI. The results came back negative and the 40-year-old designated hitter will be joining the Yankees on its upcoming road trip.
Girardi will likely use Rodriguez sometime in the road trip but will be cautious in using him so that his injury won’t get aggravated. The Yankees can use Carlos Beltran as a temporary DH with a few options in the minor leagues. Among them are prospects Ben Gamel and Aaron Judge and former Yankee Nick Swisher.
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In 14 games this season, A-Rod is hitting an abysmal .132 with just two home runs and five RBIs. Rodriguez has a contract with the Yankees until the 2017 season.
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