Alex Rodriguez Injury: Updates on Yankees Star's Oblique and Return

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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez after hitting a solo-home run off Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes during the sixth inning of a baseball game in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez was removed from Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays with left oblique stiffness. It is uncertain when he will return to action.

Continue for updates.


Rodriguez Out vs. Rangers

Tuesday, April 26

Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reported that Rodriguez will not be in the lineup against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.


Rodriguez Undergoes MRI

Sunday, April 24

Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News reported that the results of Rodriguez's MRI came back negative.


Girardi Comments on Rodriguez's Injury

Sunday, April 24

"Yeah, I worry," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters. "Hopefully whatever it is is really, really minor."


Rodriguez Bounced Back in 2015 After Suspension

After missing the 2014 season because of a performance-enhancing drug suspension, Rodriguez wielded impressive power in his return to the Bronx. The 40-year-old posted a slash line of .250/.356/.486 while driving in 86 runs and slamming 33 home runs.

When he bashed his 30th home run on Sept. 8 of last season, A-Rod tied Hank Aaron for the most seasons (15) in MLB history with at least 30 dingers.

This season, however, Rodriguez has gotten off to a slow start and is batting .145 with two home runs and six RBI.

And while that production may not justify the $21 million he will earn in 2016 and 2017 before one of the most infamous contracts in baseball history expires, he's proved to be serviceable in several other ways.

"He is a veteran presence in the clubhouse that likes to take the new players and young players under his wing," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on the Baseball Tonight podcast, per NJ Advance Media's Joe Giglio. "He's really an extra coach. He helped speed up the adjustment process of guys adjusting to New York. He's impactful in that way."

The Yankees offense could suffer without Rodriguez, but a lineup with table-setters Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner and power bats like Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira is already struggling. New York entered Sunday ranked 17th in the majors with 4.06 runs per game after it finished second last season with 4.72 runs per contest.

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