Alex Rodriguez Breaks Hand, Out 6-8 Weeks
The New York Yankees suffered a big loss before they actually lost the game to the Mariners, as third baseman Alex Rodriguez was hit in the left hand in the 8th inning by Felix Hernandez.
Alex took a 91 mph changeup from Felix off his left hand in the top of the 8th inning, and it was obvious by his reaction that something was very wrong with Rodriguez as he went down screaming in pain.
Eric Chavez will be the main man at third base for the next 6-8 weeks with Alex out, and Jayson Nix should be seeing some more time there as well as Chavez will need some days off here and there. Chavez is having a great season for the Yankees, as before the Rodriguez injury he was getting a good amount of starts at third base due to his great glove, and his success hitting this year. Eric is hitting .269 with 8 homeruns, and 20 RBIs in 64 games.
Yankees players and staff were all upset to see Alex get hurt, as it will be a tough blow losing a middle of the order hitter.
Ironically Chavez suffered the same injury as Alex "They told me it would be six to eight weeks," Chavez said while recalling his own injury. "It was eight weeks to the day that I got back."
"It's nondisplaced, 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."
"It's too bad about what happened," Garcia said. "It's a big loss for us. The pitch just got away from him. It happens."
Mark Teixeira was one of the more optimistic Yankees when asked about it. "It's unfortunate; it's a huge loss," he said. "But we just picked up Ichiro (in a trade Monday). That means there's going to be more chances for him to play and help us."
Yankees will be playing the final game of the series against the Mariners without Rodriguez on Wednesday afternoon, as they’ll look to survive this injury and keep their lead in the division.