When Eric Chavez went to third base in the top of the seventh, there was a murmur in the stands and the press box. What was wrong with Alex Rodriguez?
Turns out, A-Rod has “stiffness” in his lower back and oblique. He said he felt some a “little knot” before the game and “it got a little worse as the game went on.” He said he didn’t aggravate it making the diving stop on Elvis Andrus’s grounder in the third and actually felt it more on his swings. He finished the day 0-for-2 with a walk.
Asked how he feels about playing tomorrow, Rodriguez said he’d have to see how he felt when he woke up this morning. “I don’t have that crystal ball,” he said.
Joe Girardi, however, has always been cautious with injuries and since the Yankees have an off-day Monday, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him sit Rodriguez tomorrow and give him two full days of rest.
“If he’s stiff tomorrow, he probably won’t play,” Girardi said.