Alex Rodriguez suffered a broken hand when he was struck by a pitch Tuesday night. (KEVIN P. CASEY / AP)

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.

A-Rod a-hurtin’. (Otto Greule Jr / Getty Images)

A-Rod is the latest significant loss for the Yankees, who have had injuries to, among others, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Michael Pineda, Brett Gardner and Joba Chamberlain.

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.”

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