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Alex Rodriguez hopes to return to starting lineup Saturday

Sep 2, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez is out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game tonight as he continues to rest his sprained right thumb, but believes he could be back as soon as tomorrow.

According to Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star-Ledger, Rodriguez felt good after testing his thumb this afternoon by participating in live batting practice and taking grounders.

“It feels pretty good,” he said before tonight’s game. “We had a good day today. We pretty much did everything. We hit live for the first time. I met with the training staff. We’re going to take at least one more day.”

Rodriguez originally injured the thumb in his first game back from knee surgery on August 21 and aggravated the injury during Sunday’s doubleheader against the Orioles. He would probably give it a go if this was a playoff situation, but the Wild-Card leading Yankees obviously have the luxury of resting him for now.

  1. Gordon - Sep 2, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Albatross contract. Looks worse each day since the ink dried.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 2, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    That headline sounds really familiar. Will we be reading a similar one in a week or two?

  3. cur68 - Sep 2, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Hmmm. Just saw Jeets throw one to Swisher at 1st (watching on DVR with a 45 min delay to avoid the commercials and the long a$$ pitch selection time). If Swish were a foot taller then Mr. Under-appreciated wouldn’t now have an error. #9 on the season for Jeets.

    • jimbo1949 - Sep 2, 2011 at 8:37 PM

      No matter, the Jays keep hitting ’em where the Gardner roams.

    • cur68 - Sep 2, 2011 at 8:55 PM

      Typical long Yankee game: they’ve worked Morrow for 100+ pitches in 5 innings, like they did to Lester last night. Patient and selective at the plate + lots of foul balls = Yankee hitters = lots of wins. Remains to be seen if the Jays can adjust back to Nova and work him over for he same.

      • ditto65 - Sep 2, 2011 at 9:05 PM

        Those darned patient batters (not hitters – they just hack away!) – ruining baseball by extending games by possessing patience instead of just swinging at what is offered and being happy about it.

      • cur68 - Sep 2, 2011 at 9:14 PM

        I bow to your superior lexicology, ditto. 116 pitches for Morrow. He’s done. Good thing Russ Martin is a bit less patient than the other batters.

  4. ditto65 - Sep 2, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Leave ARod Alone!

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