Sunday, April 24, 2016

A-Rod Headed for an MRI After Tweaking an Oblique

Alex Rodriguez was pulled from Sunday's contest against the Rays after tweaking his oblique. Dustin Ackley took over at DH for the Yankees in the eighth inning. Jack Curry of the YES Network reported that the injury occurred while Alex was hitting in the cage, not on the field.

 He'll be sent for an MRI this afternoon to determine the extent of the injury. Obviously any injury to any of the Yankees' key hitters is not ideal when they have been struggling to put runs on the board, but with A-Rod batting .132/.233/.245 in his first 60 PAs, a little time away from the field may not be the worst thing for either the player or the team.

Of course, with Aaron Hicks expected to miss the next 4-5 days (at least) with a shoulder injury, the Yankees will likely need to make a roster move if Alex needs to miss any length of time. The same candidates I discussed earlier as potential replacements for Hicks would also be fits to take A-Rod's spot. Nick Swisher, Slade Heathcott, Ben Gamel, and Rob Refsnyder all make sense to some extent. Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira would probably see increased time at DH in the meantime.

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