After the eighth inning, Alex Rodriguez went into the manager’s office to tell Joe Girardi that his groin was sore. It had been bothering him a little bit before the game and got a little worse the game went on. Not wanting to take any chances, Girardi pulled Rodriguez from the game in the bottom of the ninth.
Rodriguez was watching with Girardi when new third baseman Ramiro Pena started the ninth with a ranging, jumping play for the first out.
“We were joking about it,” Rodriguez said “There would have gone my groin, right there.”
But Rodriguez is not worried about any long-term problems, speculating that 14 innings on turf yesterday followed by an early game today simply left him a little sore.
“It’s fine now,” he said. “I’ll be ready to go on Tuesday.”
Rodriguez was on deck in the top of the ninth, and Girardi planned to let him hit, then pinch run for him if he got on base. Rodriguez said the groin was not bothered by, nor did it impact, his base-running decision in the second inning.
Associated Press photo of Rodriguez after he was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in the second inning.