Not saying that A-Rod should get slapped down for poker games but come on DUDE USE YOUR HEAD! While under investigation for poker games, in what world does it make sense to get caught going to play poker?TheNew York Post says Rodriguez was spotted last week in a high-stakes gaming room at a Connecticut casino. A-Rod, according to the Post, was at a casino in the Poconos while waiting to play a minor league rehab game with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. The Post also says the Yankees star declined to talk with fans that attempted to chat him up.
Alex Rodriguez has moved ahead of Ken Griffey Jr. into sole possession of fifth place with his 631st career homer.
http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/stor...eing-hit-pitchSEATTLE -- The New York Yankees will have to mix and match at third base for the next couple of months after Alex Rodriguez suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left fifth metacarpal after being hit by a pitch from Seattle starter Felix Hernandez in the eighth inning of a 4-2 loss to the Mariners.
"It's a tough blow," a somber Rodriguez said about an hour after the game ended. His left hand was heavily wrapped, and he'll fly back with the team after Wednesday's game and be checked out by the Yankees' medical staff on Thursday.
"I never thought it was a fracture, but it was."
Rodriguez grabbed his left hand with his right after being hit, and never let go even as he fell to the ground, writhing on the dirt near home plate.
Eric Chavez, who will be the man manager Joe Girardi will have at third base in the series finale Wednesday afternoon, has been down this road before.
"They told me it would be 6-8 weeks," Chavez said while recalling his own injury. "It was eight weeks to the day that I got back."
The fact that the Yankees have lost five of six to start this trip on the West Coast was nothing compared to the loss of the No. 3 hitter in the lineup for a couple of months.
Rodriguez, who is is batting .276 with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs this season, had just talked Monday about finally feeling good at the plate. Girardi had echoed those words, and now this.
"It's non-displaced, which is good," Girardi said. "But we're going to have to make some changes, which is too bad, because Alex was just starting to feel good again."
The pitch from Hernandez was a 91 mph change up and was the third pitch of his to find a New York batter. Hernandez hit three of the final five batters he faced, hitting Ichiro Suzuki in the seventh and Derek Jeter before Rodriguez in the eighth.
Jayson Nix served as a pinch-runner for Rodriguez and left-hander Lucas Luetge came in for Hernandez. Facing his third batter in relief, Luetge buzzed a pitch near Raul Ibanez's head that sent the Yankees veteran to the ground before striking out the left fielder to end the top half of the inning.
"It wasn't intentional," Jeter said of the pitch that hit Rodriguez. "It was a close game (3-1) at the time. Now we've got to step it up.
"We can't feel sorry for ourselves. It's a challenge."
Oh Man this sucks. I hope it's a short recovery time. Our bench is good but I would not want them to go the remainder of the season there.
What was up with Felix Hernandez? Plunked Ichiro, Jeter and A Rod!
Batboy: Get a hit Crash!
Crash: Shut up!
Backer of Rockies and Yankees.
Chavez and Nix will fill in alright, they will survive this injury just fine. I'm more worried about A-Rod coming back into the lineup for the playoffs and having to watch him get back into the groove of the game when the games are critical.
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