The New York Yankees could be back on the market for a bat, as third baseman Alex Rodriguez is expected to miss up to eight weeks after suffering a fractured hand in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 4-2 loss in Seattle.
UPDATE: Wednesday, July 25 at 1:40 a.m. EST by Adam Wells
The New York Yankees have officially placed Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list.
OFFICIAL: A-Rod placed on 15-day DL; Ramiro Pena recalled.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 25, 2012
Rodriguez's absence is going to make it so that other stars in the Yankees lineup have to step up. Nick Swisher is expected to come back soon, so his return will help. They are not starved for power, so at the very least they won't suffer a substantial drop-off.
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According to The Record, the injury is a non-displaced fracture in his left hand after being hit by a Felix Hernandez pitch:
X-rays revealed A-Rod had a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal, an injury that could cost him anywhere from four to eight weeks.
Not only did the Yankees lose their All-Star third baseman, they lost for the fifth time in their last six games.
Who should be the Yankees' starting third baseman with A-Rod out?
Rodriguez is not the offensive force he once was, but he was having a productive season with the bat. In 94 games, he hit .276/.354/.449 with 15 home runs and 11 stolen bases.
For the Yankees, this is not a significant blow to their offense because they have tremendous depth and power in the lineup. For the time being, they will likely go with some kind of a platoon at third base with Eric Chavez and Jayson Nix.
This has been an injury-plagued season for the Yankees, who have lost Mariano Rivera, Michael Pineda, Brett Gardner, Andy Pettitte, Nick Swisher, Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson for all or part of the season.
Despite the injuries, the Yankees boast the best record in baseball at 58-39 and hold a seven-game lead over Baltimore in the American League East.