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Dec 9, 2012 8:55pm
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SEATTLE —Even as Alex Rodriguez writhed on the ground in pain, he didnt
believe his left hand was fractured. Arian Foster Elite Jersey . Turns out A-Rod
was wrong, and now the Yankees will be without another of their star players.
“Its difficult. Tough break,” Rodriguez said in almost a hushed tone after New
York lost to the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Tuesday night. Rodriguez broke his hand
when he was hit by an 88 mph changeup from Felix Hernandez in the eighth inning.
He went down in considerable pain. The Yankees said he has a non-displaced
fracture of the hand, and there is no timetable for his return. He will be
placed on the disabled list and will remain in Seattle with the team for the
series finale Wednesday. Eric Chavez, Rodriguezs replacement at third base, had
a similar injury in 2004. He was out for about five weeks. “You hate to see a
guy go down on something freak like that,” Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira
said. “I had a weird feeling it wasnt good.” Rodriguez was the last of three
Yankees to get plunked in a five-batter stretch and that ended Hernandezs night.
He also hit Ichiro Suzuki and Derek Jeter with pitches. While not sharp,
Hernandez had allowed only Curtis Grandersons first-inning home run and worked
out of jams in the fourth and fifth innings. The sudden loss of control started
when Hernandez hit former teammate Suzuki on the foot with a breaking ball in
the seventh. He then hit Jeter in the arm to open the eighth and completed the
trio when his 3-2 pitch to Rodriguez tailed up and in. None of the Yankees felt
any of the wayward pitches were intentional and Hernandez was apologetic. “It
was getting away. It was a changeup to A-Rod,” Hernandez said. “I feel bad.
Rodriguez has been durable this season after failing to play at least 150 games
since 2007. He had played in all but three of the Yankees 97 games this year
after playing just 99 last season. But A-Rods production has fallen way off. He
was hitting just .274 with 15 homers and 44 RBIs entering Tuesdays game,
although he was hitting .328 over his last 16 games. With the acquisition of
Suzuki on Monday to take over for injured left-fielder Brett Gardner, the
Yankees appeared to be done with any big moves before the non-waiver trade
deadline in a week. Losing A-Rod, though, could change that. New Yorks main
option at third base now is the injury-prone Chavez. “Well just have to talk
about it and see what we come up with,” Chavez said. “Whatever he asks me to do
Ill just give it my best shot.” Rodriguez joins Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera,
Michael Pineda and Gardner as key pieces of the Yankees puzzle who have missed
time with injuries. Whatever the time-frame on Rodriguez, its one more obstacle
for the Yankees to overcome. They do have the luxury of a seven-game lead in the
AL East, even with their recent West Coast slump. “You find out how good you
are. Other guys are going to have to step up. We cant feel sorry for ourselves
because no one else is going to,” Jeter said. “Its going to be a challenge, but
its been a challenge for all the injuries weve had this season.” Lost in the
concern over Rodriguez was starter Freddy Garcia (4-4) looking more like the
2001 version that won 18 games with the Mariners and was an All-Star. Garcia
struck out a season-high eight and retired the final 15 he faced before being
pulled with one out in the eighth. But Garcia was pitching from behind