Alex Rodriguez Injury: Updates on Yankees Star's Calf, Potential Return Date
The New York Yankees may be losing Alex Rodriguez a little earlier than expected, as A-Rod was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning due to his right calf. Per ESPN's Wallace Matthews:
A-Rod left the game with a tight right calf— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) September 16, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 17
Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger Tweets out the Yankees' lineup, which includes Alex Rodriguez:
Yesterday Never Tomorrows Lineup: Granderson 8, Rodriguez DH, Cano 4, Soriano 7, Overbay 3, Reynolds 5, Suzuki 9, Ryan 6, Romine 2.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) September 17, 2013
Serving as the DH in the lineup, Rodriguez was 1-for-2 with an RBI. He singled in the third inning and was subsequently forced out at second base on a Daniel Nava double play before being replaced by Vernon Wells for his next at-bat.
After the 9-2 loss to the Red Sox Sunday night, the Yanks are 3.0 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild-card spot. The Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals are also right in the thick of the chase with two weeks remaining in the season, and losing A-Rod for an extended period could serve a difficult blow for New York.
He talked about the injury after the game (via ESPN New York):
"I'm hoping we caught it before it got really bad. I'll come in tomorrow, get treatment, hopefully be ready to go. I've had a calf injury before, and those are tricky, they're very dangerous. I'm hoping that I came out of the game before something really bad happened."
Despite dealing with a slew of off-the-field problems—including the fact that he is playing on appeal of a 211-game suspension—Rodriguez has given the Yankees an important offensive boost since returning from hip surgery earlier this season, hitting .283 with six home runs and 14 RBI through 36 games.
Although he has provided some much-needed help at third base, he was already dealing with a hamstring injury and likely to play out the season at DH, Peter Botte of the New York Daily News reported Sunday morning.
We'll be sure to keep you updated as more becomes known regarding Rodriguez's status.
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