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

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez prepares to bat against the Detroit Tigers during a baseball game Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Duane Burleson/Associated Press

New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez suffered a right hamstring injury May 3 against the Baltimore Orioles and was placed on the disabled list May 4. However, he has been cleared to return.

Continue for updates.

Rodriguez Active vs. Blue Jays

Thursday, May 26

Rodriguez will play against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Rodriguez Still Providing Power Late in His Career

Rodriguez is 40 years old and past his physical prime, so any injury is reason for worry as the Yankees look to challenge for a postseason spot in the American League East. He already suffered an oblique injury earlier in the season, so this marks another setback.

Prior to the injury, Rodriguez was batting .194 with five home runs and 12 RBI.

The 22-year veteran missed the 2014 campaign due to a performance-enhancing-drug suspension, but he was impressive in 2015 with 33 home runs and 86 RBI. While his ties to performance-enhancing drugs linger over his legacy, he is one of the most prolific power hitters in MLB history.

Even at an advanced age, the Yankees missed Rodriguez's presence in the heart of the order. Those who hit in front of him often see better pitches because opponents don’t want to put people on base before him, which means his return will be felt beyond his individual at-bats.

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