Strange night at the Stadium. The Yankees played well, the Rocket won his 350th and the season could be doomed if Alex Rodriguez has a serious hamstring injury.
First, the good stuff. Melky Cabrera was down 1-2 and came back to draw a walk off Juan Rincon in the sixth inning to force in a run. Bobby Abreu’s 3 for 4 night was significant as well, especially his upper-deck home run. Johnny Damon was on base three times and scored twice. Derek Jeter delivered a big hit out of the No. 3 spot, a rarity for the Yanks.
But A-Rod leads the majors in runs scored (74), home runs (28) and RBI (80). No other Yankees has more than nine homers or 46 RBI. Without his presence in the lineup, they are going to struggle to score runs.
Joe Torre said it’s a good sign that Alex wanted to stay in the game after initially getting hurt. But 90 feet later, while on second base, he told Larry Bowa he would not be able to score on a base hit. After getting iced and wrapped, he told us it was still tender and sore.
A-Rod is a pretty tough guy. He hasn’t been on the DL since 2000. But hamstrings are tricky and almost always seem to lead to DL time. Based on what people are saying tonight, the best-case scenario is a few days off. Until he gets in that MRI tube, nobody will know.
One thing is certain. Scott Boras will not let his man play hurt for any length of time.
Here is Joe Torre’s postgame interview:
And here is A-Rod. The A-Rod recording is muffled because there were 30 people around him and there was a lot of jostling for position.