Sep 16, 2011, 7:38 PM EST
Alex Rodriguez is out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game tonight due to a sprained left thumb. But it isn’t all bad news.
According to the Associated Press, Rodriguez was encouraged after taking batting practice this afternoon.
The difference? Following the advice of Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long, A-Rod put a strip of athletic tape around his bat which allowed him to take batting practice pain-free.
“Today is a really good day,” Rodriguez said after hitting with two batting practice groups. “I’m really encouraged.”
“It was the best I’ve felt in over a month,” Rodriguez added. “There’s no question. Good idea by Kevin.”
While Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said earlier this week that the injury will likely linger into the postseason, anything that can help take pressure off the thumb is a very good thing. As of now, Yankees manager Joe Girardi hopes to have Rodriguez back in the lineup at third base on Saturday.
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