MRI comes back negative after A-Rod'south leaves game with oblique injury

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 3:28 AM

He left the game with an oblique problem in the sixth inning. Manager Joe Girardi confirmed A-Rod suffered the injury not during the game, but in the batting cage underneath the stadium as he took swings between at-bats.

MRI comes back negative after A-Rod'south leaves game with oblique injury

The Yankees lost for the eighth time in their last eleven games Sun afternoon (TB eight, NY one&#forty-one;, and in addition to the ballgame, the team also lost DH Alex Rodriguez to injury. He left the game with an oblique problem in the sixth inning.

Manager Joe Girardi confirmed A-Rod suffered the injury not during the game, but in the batting cage underneath the stadium as he took swings between at-bats. Rodriguez went 1-for-2 with an RBI double off the wall before exiting the game. Here'south what Girardi told reporters about the injury following the game (video link&#forty-one;:

"It wasn't after his double. It was when he was preparing for his following at bat by taking swings in the cage ... Anytime someone leaves with an oblique you're not really optimistic because they get a while depending on the severity of it. I even think sometimes when players physically perceive ready, sometimes they don't have the strength they'd before. It takes some time to obtain that back, so yeah, I worry. I hope whatever it's turns out to be really, really minor. He said he didn't perceive that horrible when he went to obtain the MRI, but I think the MRI will tell us more."

The Yankees announced Sun night that the MRI came back "negative," and A-Rod will travel with the team during their upcoming road trip. Obliques are very simple to re-aggravate, so even though the MRI came back clean, Rodriguez figures to sit a few days just to play it safe.

Outfielder Aaron Hicks, who's day-to-day with a sore shoulder after attempting a diving capture Friday, is out as well, so the Yankees currently have twenty-three healthy players on their roster. The team says they're not immediately planning to create a roster move, but they could do something before Monday'south game.

With A-Rod (and Hicks) out, the Yankees could call-up an outfielder and utilize Carlos Beltran at DH in the meantime. Veteran Nick Swisher and outfield prospects Ben Gamel and Aaron Judge are call-up candidates in Triple-A. Swisher signed a minor league deal with NY a few weeks back. He was released by the Braves in spring training.

Rodriguez, forty, is off to a dreadful start this season. He went into Sunday's game hitting .132/.233/.245 (38 OPS+) with two residence runs and eighteen strikeouts in sixtieth at-bats. Losing his bat in the short-term won't hurt, but he won't obtain back on track sitting out while hurt.

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