A-Rod OK after leaving game with hand injury


Update (7:30 p.m.) In the bottom of the 8th with the bases loaded, Blake Wood hit Alex Rodriguez on the left forearm with a pitch, and the Yankees’ third baseman and cleanup hitter went down in pain. While A-Rod walked gingerly down to first base, the Yankees had to remove him from the game for a pinch runner. After the game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi downplayed the injury. The skipper said he could have left A-Rod in to run but had planned to take him out anyway. “He’s fine,” Girardi said. “He could squeeze fine…It kind of grazed his hand. We got lucky.”

As A-Rod could squeeze with no problems, the Yankees have no plans to send A-Rod for X-rays. A-Rod said he has a slight purple bruise in the padding of his hand but is otherwise doing just fine. “I have pretty much full strength so I should be ok,” he said. The slugger said he would be able to play tomorrow in Cleveland, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him sit out a game or two early this week. The Yanks dodged a bullet this evening, and the quest for 600 will continue soon enough.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Categories : Injuries
  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    -picks up torch and pitchfork-

    • csbamm

      He absolutley pitched him inside on purpose. He probably didn’t mean to hit him but he did. Beat AROD with your best pitch. The game meant nothing. It was a blow out when AROD stepped in with bases loaded.

  • Slappy White

    We all need to pray to Mo almighty that this is not serious

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Be okay A-Rod, screw you Blake Wood.

    • Brooklyn Ed


      if Blake Wood didnt wanted to pitch to him, walk him. not plunk him.

      • James Jones

        Folks will say it was not on purpose. Sorry, but it was a cowardly move on Wood’s part. He is on my S–T list. Glad A-Rod is OK. I agree with folks who say he should get an X-Ray. Can’t hurt. Joe always wants to make it sound like A-Rod is OK but the Cashman has to come in and make sure. Let’s all hope he is OK. I am dying to see that 600HR! By the way, anyone see the guy wearing the blue Yankee 600 shirt? I have got to get one of those!

        • Chris

          So you’re saying that he hit A-Rod with the bases loaded on purpose? Really?

          • James Jones

            It’s not about the bases loaded but that it is A-Rod about to hit his 600HR. This is not a normal bases loaded situation. That’s my opinion. But none of us will really know because we can’t get into Wood’s head.

        • Mike HC

          No way he did that on purpose. The pitcher was just all pumped up to be pitching to ARod and trying extremely hard to not be the guy to give up number 600. He was overthrowing and simply lost control.

  • Jobamania

    He looked like he was in quite a bit of pain so lets hope there is nothing seriously wrong.

  • Slappy White

    Somebody please call Kate. Alex needs her powers more than ever

  • Jerome S

    I’ve seen a lot of things in my time as a baseball fan, but nothing that cheap.

    • Dalelama

      It didn’t look like he did it on purpose…just looked like a fastball that rode in too much.

      • James Jones

        He almost plunked him earlier at the same at bat, then he finally did it. The media had made a big deal about how A-Rod got to Kansas City with his first, 500 and 591 hits. They did not want to be saddled with hearing that A-Rod hit his 600 off Kansas City. I still think it was on purpose.

        • James Jones

          I mean first HR, 500 and 599 home runs.

        • Chris

          He was pitching A-Rod inside, not trying to hit him.

          • Jerome S

            He already buzzed him close a few pitches earlier. He knew darn well at that point that he should have backed off, just a bit, or maybe changed the approach and walked him. They were pitching to him like he was Barry Bonds – they knew he was gonna get on base, but they wanted to hold him to one. They weren’t trying to get an out with him, they were just trying to stop a HR. They should have walked him.

  • Jobamania

    no xrays? how could it possibly hurt, just get the xrays done.

    • Pasqua

      Only the Mets would f things up by not taking x-rays. We’re cool.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Joe doesnt seem too concerned… hopefully this is just nothing

  • Total Dominication

    Thank Mo he’s all right!

  • nathan

    Joe is your typical ‘put some spit and mud on it’ kind of guy, I would prefer them do mri/xray and anything necessary from a peace of mind standpoint. I was also worried that he landed on his hip, that was scary.

  • Januz

    The Yankees dodged two bullets today. 1: Not losing Arod like the Tigers did with Ordonez and Inge. 2: Seeing Haren get traded to the Angels instead of Tampa or perhaps worse St Louis (Imagine him with Wainwright and Carpenter? That would be frightening. ps. Hopefully he pitches against Boston.

  • Dalelama

    If Arod did break his hand would you announce it six days before the trading deadline?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder


      9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB!!!!!!

      • Accent Shallow

        Wait, you’re saying it wasn’t?

    • Slappy White

      so,youre saying that ARod would be in on this conspiracy and act like his hand was not broken ? REALLY ?

  • Dalelama

    Don’t you find it bizarre they wouldn’t xray out of safety for their huge investment?

    • Evan3457

      3 hour rain delay on getaway day. Team leaving right from Stadium for airport.

      Passed strength test on arm with trainers so no apparent structural damage.

      If he feels anything tomorrow, he’ll probably sit a game, and they can send him to hospital in Cleveland for the X-Ray if they think it’s needed.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Mmmmm purple. Pretty.

  • Sean C

    Thank Mo his hand isn’t broken. I’m still pissed off about that at-bat.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    Ben, I would have went with “A-Rod is A-OK” myself.

  • Januz

    Enough with the Mel Gibson “Conspiracy Theory” crap. There is no way the Yankees, or Arod are playing games with this (according to Girardi Arod is playing tomorrow night). We should all be thanking God that his arm is not broken, because that may have ended all hopes for Title # 27.

    • Januz

      oops 28

      • dalelama

        Not taking x-rays does give them plausible deniability…LOL

  • tommydee2000

    CHoP should have drilled Podsednik. Just because.

    • Evan3457

      …because the Royals have no players who rate above “OK”?

    • Mike HC

      I think CHoP should be more worried about not getting cut and getting outs.

      • tommydee2000

        To both of you: drop the “greater good” crap and go for the obvious, protecting our assets. And maybe it would wake he or Joba up. 95 fastballs are ineffective without due respect.

  • Mike HC

    Luckily the ball did not hit him squarely in the hand and only grazed off the top. Still a painful place to get hit, but it could have been worse.