A-Rod placed on the disabled list with a broken hand
In Seattle Mariners` 4-2 victory against the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez broke his left hand after he was hit by a pitch coming from Felix Hernandez in the eighth inning.
An 88 mph changeup hit Rodriguez, who went down in an obvious pain. New York Yankees declared that the time of his return is not yet known, but it seems like Rodriguez has a non-displaced fracture of the hand. The 36-years-old baseman will remain in Seattle with the team for the series finale Wednesday, after he was placed on the disabled list.
“It’s difficult. Tough break. I never thought fracture, but it was. It’s a tough blow. Tough blow,” said Rodriguez.
On Monday, the man who is batting .276 with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs this season said that he is finally in good shape. This was emphasized by Yankees` manager Girardi, who said that this injury arrived just when Rodriguez was starting to feel good:
“It’s non-displaced, which is good. But we’re going to have to make some changes, which is too bad, because Alex was just starting to feel good again. He’s upset. He wants to be out there. We’re not going to have him and we’re going to have to find a way.”
After the incident, Hernandez was replaced by Lucas Luetge, while Jayson Nix served as a pinch-runner for Rodriguez. Earlier in the seventh inning, Hernandez also hit former teammate Ichiro Suzuki. In the eighth, before hitting Rodriguez, he also caught Derek Jeter. That makes it three out of five batters he faced.