The Yankees suffered a big blow last night when Alex Rodriguez was hit on the hand by a pitch and broke his fifth metacarpal (pinky) on his left hand and is expected to miss as much as six to eight weeks.
When A-Rod was plunked on the hand with the pitch he said he didn’t initially think it was a fracture, but dropped to the ground in what looked like terrible pain. When the Yankees trainer took his batting glove off things got worse and it was easy to see that this was a bad injury.
A-Rod will go on the DL and if it only takes him six weeks to return then he would be back by September 5. Any longer than that and he will run into trouble finding a place to rehab as minor league ball ends at the beginning of September.
Chavez looks like he will now get the bulk of the playing time at third base, but the Yankees primarily only use him against righties so it’s likely they will call somebody up or try to find a platoon in a trade. Eduardo Nunez just came off the minor league DL and hits lefties pretty well. It’s very possible he is recalled.