Via Wally Matthews -
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has been battling a left shoulder injury of unknown severity for the past couple of weeks, an injury that may be the reason for his lower-than-average power production.
“It’s just a small issue that only bothers him when he dives for a ball,” manager Joe Girardi told ESPNNewYork.com after having a conversation with Rodriguez shortly before Sunday’s game between the Yankees and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
But another clubhouse source, who asked that his identity not be revealed, acknowledged that Rodriguez has been suffering from what the source called “a strain” for several weeks.
“He’s managing it as best as he can,” the source said.
Girardi, however, said Rodriguez is playing with a sore shoulder, not a strain.
“Guys are sore and a little beat up,” he said. “No doubt about it. … No, it’s not a strain.”
Following the Yankees’ 10-4 win over the Cubs on Sunday, however, Rodriguez said his shoulder feels OK and he is getting treatment, calling it part of the normal wear and tear during a long season. He had three hits and scored three times during New York’s victory.
“You go through regular bumps and bruises in a long season,” he said. “I think that’s just another small example of it. But for the most part, I feel pretty good.”
He said he has been getting treatment on his shoulder for about 10 days, but called it “nothing out of the ordinary.”
“It feels OK,” he said.
Before Sunday’s game, he was seen with his left shoulder heavily wrapped in what appeared to be large ice packs. He also spent a long time in the trainer’s room and could be seen lifting 10 pound dumbbells under the supervision of Yankees conditioning coaches about two hours before the game.
What a drag it is getting old.