Although he rolled on the ground in pain, holding his left hand after being struck by a pitch Tuesday night, Alex Rodriguez didn’t think his hand was broken.
Wrong. The third baseman is the latest member of the New York Yankees to head for the disabled list; A-Rod is expected to be sidelined six-to-eight weeks with what the team called a non-displaced fracture.
“It's difficult. Tough break,” Rodriguez said quietly after the Yankees lost 4-2 to the Mariners in Seattle.
Rodriguez was injured when an 88-mph changeup from Felix Hernandez struck him in the eighth inning — he was the last of three Yankees plunked by Hernandez in a five-hitter stretch. “You hate to see a guy go down on something freak like that,” first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “I had a weird feeling it wasn't good.”
Not that anyone is producing pools of tears for them. They do have the best record in baseball and lead the American League East by seven games despite going 4-6 in their last 10 games.
“You find out how good you are. Other guys are going to have to step up,” Derek Jeter said, as he usually does in these situations. “We can't feel sorry for ourselves because no one else is going to. It's going to be a challenge, but it's been a challenge for all the injuries we've had this season.”