Alex Rodriguez was expected to return to the New York Yankees lineup on Thursday, but it seems as though it won’t be happening.
On May 5, the New York Yankees not only lost a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles but also lost one of the biggest threats in their lineup.
Attempting to run out a ground ball in the fifth inning, Alex Rodriguez had strained his hamstring running through the bag. He was slated to return Thursday when the Yankees head to Oakland to face the Athletics. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Last week, the Yankees were optimistic that A-Rod would be able to return from the disabled list on Thursday when he was activated onto the 25-man roster. Now it seems as though that will be delayed a little further after his hamstring tightened during a jog at Chase Field.
According to manager Joe Girardi in his post game press conference, A-Rod took batting practice for the second consecutive day but did not run the base paths. Nor will he on Wednesday. His manager believes running the bases is vital to returning in a timely manner:
His manager believes running the bases is vital to returning in a timely manner:
“My guess is he’s not going to be ready on Thursday now,” Girardi told MLB.com. “He’s still got some hurdles to cross to get by, and he’s just not by them yet. He really hasn’t had a setback. We were hoping for 15 days; it’s probably going to be a few more than that.”
The DH was batting .194 on the season but in the seven games prior to the injury, he owned a .304/.333/.826 slash line with three home runs and seven RBI.
He also has a total of five home runs A-Rod has five home runs on the year and is 22 home runs away from tying Babe Ruth’s total of 714, which is the third-most all-time. The goal is still Oakland, but in a lineup that has lacked
The goal is still Oakland, but in a lineup that has lacked right-handed power they could really use his bat as soon as possible.