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Alex Rodriguez limited to DH duties due to sore hamstring

Sep 14, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

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Bothered by a sore left hamstring, Alex Rodriguez will make his fourth straight start out of the DH spot this afternoon against the Red Sox. He’s nowhere close to 100 percent at the moment, as he had the chance to score the go-ahead run last night on a double by Robinson Cano, but had to pull up at third base.

As Rodriguez told David Lennon of New York Newsday, he’s taking precaution against suffering what could be a season-ending injury. And after losing Brett Gardner to an oblique strain on Thursday, that’s the last thing the Yankees need.

“I’m just trying to go where it doesn’t blow out,” Rodriguez said after Friday night’s 8-4 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. “That’s pretty much it.”

Rodriguez is expected to remain in the DH spot through the weekend, which means more of Eduardo Nunez and Mark Reynolds at third base. Reynolds is making the start at the hot corner today.

Rodriguez is batting .287/.387/.492 with six home runs and 13 RBI in 142 plate appearances since joining the Yankees on August 5.

  1. razorbyrd - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    why is this POS still allowed on the field?!

    how long does the appeal process take?!

    • joestemme - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Exactly, razorbyrd – F$#$@ A-Roid.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      He is not allowed on the field just to annoy people like you. He had a legal right to appeal the suspension.

      • joestemme - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        And the Yankees have the MORAL obligation NOT to play the @#@hole.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        And the Yankees have the MORAL obligation NOT to play the @#@hole.

        Haha sports and morals. How naive!

      • zzalapski - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        You might as well argue they have the moral obligation not to throw ridiculous money at free agents. Let us know how that works out.

      • razorbyrd - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        it’s my opinion that he doesn’t care about the suspension… just like he doesn’t care about the Yankees, the fans, or even his legacy… he only cares about the bonus money he gets if he passes Mays…

        he’s a worse POS than Canseco, Braun, and even Bonds!!!

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        it’s my opinion that he doesn’t care about the suspension… just like he doesn’t care about the Yankees, the fans, or even his legacy… he only cares about the bonus money he gets if he passes Mays…

        Or he thinks the suspension is entirely too unjust and completely arbitrary? And yeah, the guy who voluntarily moved positions without complaining so that an inferior player could keep playing SS, the guy who dumped his agent after the embarrassment of announcing his opt-out during the world series only to call the Yanks personally to apologize, the guy who bore the brunt of all the post season failures by himself? yeah that guy only cares about himself.

        He’s also going to pass Mays, so he’s getting his bonus money.

    • davemvh - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      He wont even get started until November.Hes only trying to minimize damage at this point so that his baseball “legacy” has lipstick on it,Hes still a cheating POS pig.

    • 18thstreet - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      I believe he was absolutely entitled to appeal his suspension, and to play while awaiting his hearing. I know that’s not a unanimous belief.

      But for the life of me, I don’t understand why the hearing can’t happen A LOT faster. There’s no reason it has to happen when everyone is in the same room. And most games start at 7:00 local time. A-Rod’s legal team should have been granted, oh, a week to review the charges and mount a defense. And the hearing could happen via conference call on a day that the Yankees either did not have a day or had an evening game at 11:00 a.m. Eastern. I don’t understand the delay at all.

      (And, all that said, I don’t believe A-Rod is exploiting any rules here at all. It’s MLB that is to blame for the drawn-out process.)

  2. joestemme - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    re: churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged

    The SF Giants didn’t play Melky Cabrera just last year in the playoffs even though he was allowed to.

    They showed moral courage.

    It can be done.

    Shame on the Yankees, Cashman, Girardi and the other players including the supposedly upright Derek Jeter for letting A-Roid stain their pinstripes.

    • ezthinking - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      BS – 50 games off with no real competition to use to get ready made the decision easy. Morals had nothing to do with it.

      • joestemme - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Other teams have stood their ground in other sports as well. The Yankees are moral cowards in this matter. All the apologists here rushing to thumbs down any criticism of the organization just perpetuates the lack of respect for the game A-Roid, Cashman, Girardi and the Yankees and their fans are showing the sport.

      • zzalapski - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Name these other examples that you speak of.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      The SF Giants didn’t play Melky Cabrera just last year in the playoffs even though he was allowed to.

      They showed moral courage.

      It can be done.

      This is a joke right? The Giants? The team that rigged an elaborate sign stealing system so they could win the ’51 pennant? The same team that had Bonds all those years*? The same team that had twice suspended for PEDs Guillermo Mota on the team? The same Mota who pitched in the ’12 postseason?

      Yeah they are the model of “moral courage!”

      *I don’t feel Bonds actually cheated, since PEDs haven’t been against the rules since ’06; however, many don’t feel the same way.

      • joestemme - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        In this case they were, but, yes, the Giants were gutless with Bonds. Agreed.

        Two wrongs don’t make a right and all that.

        Maybe Bonds can hold off on his House Detention sentence and invite Clemens, A-Roid, Braun and Canseco over to boot. Hey, they could film it and make a Reality TV show out of it – The Roid Family.

  3. garysilvett - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    This guy should be out of baseball

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