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Alex Rodriguez misses sixth straight game with sprained thumb

Sep 16, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

Yankees third baseman Rodriguez takes a drink during a break prior to playing against the Angels in their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

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.

  1. skipjutze - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Tough for these old guys to recover without their PED’s. Maybe he should contact his “cousin” for some assistance.

    • sasquash20 - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:03 AM

      Couldn’t agree more about Gayrod. PEDs are starting to take there toll on this overrated cheater.

      • cogitobaseballergosum - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:26 AM

        Homophobic slur, poor grammar/spelling….I’d say you’re giving Sasquatch a bad name, but you can’t spell that right, either. There must be a slimy rock nearby, how about doing us all a favor and crawling back under it.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Leave Arod alone. The way the Yankees are playing lately they need him. As far as the injury is concerned, 25 year Colby Rasmus was out for 3 weeks with a similar problem.

  3. gallaghedj311 - Sep 17, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Why is it that Arod, chase, and JRoll are all banged up for my fantasy playoffs? I don’t wanna cut the guys that did it for me all year now!?!?!?

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