New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was forced to exit Tuesday's game early after tweaking his left hamstring. While he was still experiencing discomfort yesterday, he was "ready to go" enough to suit up as the team's designated hitter.
Rodriguez told reporters -- including Bryan Hoch of MLB.com -- that he could feel a knot in the lower part of his hamstring as he scored on Robinson Cano's single Tuesday night. After receiving treatment following the game and throughout the day yesterday Rodriguez indicated that he was good to go. The veteran didn't feel he'd have trouble on the bases despite the hamstring ailment.
"When you run as slow as I do, sliding is not a big
deal," Rodriguez said. "That's not in slow motion, that's real
Considering their multitude of other injuries, including the loss of Derek Jeter once again, it's important for the Yankees to keep Rodriguez in the lineup as they continue to vie for a spot in the playoffs. Rodriguez was healthy enough last night to add his sixth homer of the season.
While he's only seen action in 32 games this season, Rodriguez has been effective when he's been able to suit up for the Yankees. The 38-year-old has hit .299/.383/.513 with 13 extra-base hits in 117 at-bats.
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