ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews revealed that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been suffering from a left shoulder injury; or as skipper Joe Girardi called it, “a small shoulder issue” for weeks now.
Wallace got this information from a clubhouse source, who asked that his identity not be revealed. This anonymous source referred to A-rod’s injury as a shoulder “strain” and said it had been lingering for weeks.
Without a doubt A-rod’s power numbers are at an all time low, posting just 13 home-runs on the season. Even so he is unquestionably producing posting 43 RBIs and a .289 batting average.
A-rod and the Yankees brass was forced to acknowledge the injury, but claim he is fine to play, as it hasn’t hindered him from partaking in 66 of the 70 games played so far this season.
Should Yankee fans be concerned?
Well, I would definitely keep an eye on the situation but not obsess over it.
The Yankee brass is not exactly forthright when it comes to the truth or extent of player’s injuries; so if it got worse don’t be surprised.
Remember that at this point in the season, with the All-Star game just two weeks away most players are beat-up and probably icing some area of their bodies.
A-rod has been doing this a long time, as this is his 18th seasons and I trust he knows when to quit and when to play.
The Yankees took two of three from the Chicago Cubs over the weekend, and in Sunday nights 10-4 victory. A-rod went 3-4, with three runs, a RBI, and a walk.
The only noticeable difference is that A-rod is not hitting home-runs, as he has only four in June so far. This should quiet the critics a little as the Yankees are certainly not in need of anymore home-runs, as they lead the Majors with a whooping 105 and behind them is the Boston Red Sox with just 85.
Let’s hope that this injury just gets blown out of proportion in the press, and that A-rod’s treatment on his “sore” shoulder helps it feel better.
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