Via the Post -
[Alex] Rodriguez had an MRI and last night the Yankees announced that the test revealed a Grade-2 strain of his right quad. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list, joining Jorge Posada (right shoulder strain) on the shelf.
It’s unknown whether Rodriguez will be able to return as soon his 15-day DL stint is up. The truth is, it could be longer. His injury is more severe than Derek Jeter’s strained quad earlier this season, which was a Grade-1 level. Jeter’s, though, did not force him to the DL.
“We’ve just got to make sure we get him right,” GM Brian Cashman said, “so we can get him going again.”
Rodriguez’s quad forced him to sit out three games last week, but he returned before having to leave Monday’s game in Cleveland when he aggravated it. The Yankees ordered the MRI yesterday.
When asked if A-Rod made the injury more severe by continuing to play, Cashman replied, “You’d have to ask him in fairness.”
What kind of answer is that from Cashman?
In any event, Morgan Ensberg, who has whiffed in 12 of this 43 ABs so far this season – while also posting an OBA of .267 and a SLG% of .302 – is your starting third baseman. If he’s going to hit like that, you might as well play Alberto Gonzalez at third and give him an extended look at big league pitching.