Friday Return in Doubt for A-Rod

Via George King of the NY Post:

Alex Rodriguez left Fenway Park’s playing field at 6:15 last night and headed to the batting cage where he would find out if he can play tonight against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

“I will know after I hit in the cage,” Rodriguez said.

However, Rodriguez wasn’t sure either way. “Hopefully,” he said after watching the Yankees hang a 4-2 loss on the Red Sox. “I did some ‘T’ and toss and hitting off Kevin (Long).”

Rodriguez missed his fifth straight game because of a sprained left thumb. He participated in conditioning drills and fielded ground balls at third base during batting practice but didn’t hit on the field.

“My hope is yes,” Joe Girardi said of Rodriguez returning to the cleanup spot tonight. “We will see how he feels.”

At this point the Yankees have a comfortable lead in the Wild-Card and they’ve done decently in his absence, an extra day or couple of days off to try to get A-Rod to 100 percent is worth it. Especially now that Mark Teixeira was beaned in the leg they could use him, but that makes it even more important that he is healthy when he comes back. If anything it is getting his surgically repaired knee some extra time off as well.

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