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Alex Rodriguez receives cortisone shot in left thumb, unlikely to return until Friday

Aug 30, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

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Derek Jeter returned to the Yankees’ starting lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Red Sox, but Alex Rodriguez remains sidelined with a Grade 1 sprain of his left thumb.

While an MRI on the thumb came back negative yesterday, he was given a cortisone injection. It’s not uncommon for players to rest for a couple of days following a cortisone shot, so Rodriguez admitted to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that he is unlikely to play until the Yankees return home Friday to face the Blue Jays.

“They told me basically to stay off it, to pretty much do all lower-body stuff, to stay away from a bat for a day or two,” Rodriguez said. “The one thing is, it’s so frustrating to come here. It’s the last time we come here for the regular season. I mean, it hurts like hell just to sit on the sidelines watching.”

Rodriguez originally suffered the injury while attempting to make a backhanded play on a ground ball in his first game back from knee surgery on August 21. He returned to the lineup last Thursday, but aggravated the thumb during the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Orioles.

Rodriguez, 36, is batting .289/.361/.478 with 14 homers, 53 RBI and an .839 OPS over 84 games this season. He hasn’t appeared in less than 124 games in a season since 1995.

  1. southofheaven81 - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Hey Craig, what were you saying about the Yankees & Sox not getting “amped?”

  2. cleverbob - Aug 31, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    Receiving injections directly into your fingers is not fun.

  3. pisano - Aug 31, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Let Arod take as much time as he needs, Chavez is more than able at third base and at the plate.

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