Via David Waldstein -
A distraught Alex Rodriguez spoke briefly in a barely audible whisper late Tuesday night, knowing his season is in jeopardy. It was shortly after he was given the report of an X-ray of his left hand, and the news was not good. Rodriguez had broken the fifth metacarpal bone and will probably miss at least a month.
“It’s difficult,” he said after a long pause. “Tough break.”
Rodriguez was hit on the side of his hand by an 88-mile-per-hour changeup from Seattle Mariners starter Felix Rodriguez in the eighth inning of the Mariners’ 4-2 victory. He immediately dropped to the dirt in agony, his face contorted by pain, and after being looked over by the trainer Steve Donohue, was taken out of the game.
Rodriguez will travel back to New York with the team after Wednesday’s game and see Dr. Christopher Ahmad, the Yankees team physician, on Thursday. Before that the Yankees will not have a clear sense of how long Rodriguez will be on the disabled list, but Manager Joe Girard said a displaced fracture would mean more time on the D.L.
Rodriguez’s replacement at third base, Eric Chavez, said he broke the same bone in his hand on a fastball from Damaso Marte in 2004. He recalled that he was out for two months, but in fact he missed a little more than a month and 33 games.
This will now be the 5th season in a row that A-Rod has failed to play more than 138 games for the Yankees. And, I guess this pushes his 3,000th career hit out to some time late in 2013 or early in 2014.