And down goes another New York Yankee.
A list that reads almost like an All-Star roster with stars such as Mariano Rivera, Michael Pineda, Joba Chamberlain, Andy Pettitte and Nick Swisher all out injured for the time being or for the rest of the season.
Throw in injuries suffered by Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, David Robertson and Eric Chavez throughout the season and it's a miracle that the Yankees are leading the division let alone owning the best record in the majors.
The Yankees are in first place simply because players have stepped up when called into duty. Whether it's Rafael Soriano turning back the clock and turning back into a dominant closer filling in for Mo or Phil Hughes playing at his most consistent level in years, guys have stepped up admirably.
With A-Rod going down for up to eight weeks, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com, everyone will have to chip in a little to make up for his bat. A-Rod definitely isn't the player he was even two years ago, but his presence is still a key for the Yankees.