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Alex Rodriguez’s thumb injury likely to linger into playoffs

Sep 15, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez may be back in the Yankees’ lineup as soon as tomorrow night after not playing since September 9, but general manager Brian Cashman revealed that the team expects his thumb injury to linger for the rest of the season and into the playoffs.

Here’s what Cashman told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York:

He’s got a Grade 1 sprain and it’s not going to go away completely this season. It only goes away with time, which is not something that’s necessarily in our favor. It’s a sprained collateral ligament and it’s more of an irritating thing than anything else. It could take six days, or 15 days, or 30 days, and even if he feels 100 percent, one wrong move or one bad swing or checked swing or dive or whatever could bring it right back to square one again. It’s just something he’s going to have to deal with.

Rodriguez initially suffered the thumb injury on August 24, shortly after returning from the disabled list following back surgery, and has played just nine of 24 games since then while hitting .226 (although he has managed two homers and a solid .866 OPS). He’ll fall short of 30 homers and 100 RBIs for the first time since 1997 and Rodriguez’s current .842 OPS is the lowest of his career.

  1. pisano - Sep 15, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    He’s not that big of a loss, Chavez is fine at third and he will probably hit better than Arod. Lately it seems all Arod does is strike out. Time may be catching up to him.

    • presidentmiraflores - Sep 15, 2011 at 5:53 PM

      You just wait until Len gets here…

  2. pisano - Sep 15, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Sorry Len, but it is what it is. I’ll leave Arod alone.

  3. ogre2010 - Sep 15, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Can’t take his PED’S anymore and look at him now

  4. daviddmsvcp - Sep 15, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    The Yankees are probably better off without him He seems like such a high-strung primadona. He does not do that well in the clutch and it looks like his career batting average is heading below .300.

  5. skipjutze - Sep 16, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    Scumbag Yankees. Unlimited payroll and excuses.

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