Alex Rodriguez Suffers Broken Hand, Out Two Months

Felix Hernandez was dominant last night for the Mariners.  Unfortunately, he was wild toward the end.

After being hit by a pitch thrown by Felix Hernandez, Alex Rodriguez fell to the ground in obvious pain. (Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE)

He hit three of the final five batters he faced including Alex Rodriguez.  The pitch that hit Rodriguez, a 91 mph fastball, broke the third baseman’s left hand and will leave the Yankees scrambling to fill the hole.

Hernandez pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowed just four hits and two runs, but he hit three batters and walked four.  Hernandez hit Ichiro Suzuki, Derek Jeter, and Rodriguez.  Ichiro was hit in the seventh inning, but both Jeter and Rodriguez were hit in the eighth before Hernandez’s night was over.

The loss of A-Rod will be a big blow to the Yankees.  Fortunately for them, they have a comfortable lead in the American League East.  They are currently seven games up on the second-place Orioles.  However, Rodriguez’s injury will certainly hurt them.

A-Rod is hitting .274/.354/.449 with 15 home runs this season.  It’s a down far by his standards, but his OPS is still 13% better than league average.  Rodriguez has 644 home runs in his career and a lifetime .301 batting average.  He will be missed in the New York’s lineup.

Rodriguez suffered a non-displaced fracture to his left fifth metacarpal.  The fracture is expected to keep him sidelined for a couple of months – maybe more depending on his rehab.

Eric Chavez will get the bulk of the playing time at third.  Chavez is hitting .276/.331/.487.  He actually has a higher OPS than Rodriguez right now, so if he can continue his performance this season, the Yankees have nothing to worry about.  If.

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Topics: Alex Rodriguez, Eric Chavez, New York Yankees

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  • bballbigbrother

    I can see the Yankees now calling San Diego about Chase Headley as a replacement, but won’t pay the price to bring in Headley to then sit behind A-Rod for the next couple of seasons. This is certainly an injury that will hurt them, but they’ve got the line-up depth to live without him.

  • The5_5Hole

     bballbigbrother Surprisingly, Chaves has a higher OPS than A-Rod.  If he can maintain that, it makes sense to stand pat and not make a deal.  Plus the Yankees would have to give up too much to get Headley as a temporary A-Rod replacement. 

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