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For A-Rod, it's the thumb -- this time

Posted on: August 30, 2011 8:02 pm
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BOSTON -- It's the thumb now, the left thumb.

Before that, it was the right knee. And the left shoulder.

And the left calf, and the right hip, and the right quad.

If Alex Rodriguez played for the Mets, Fred Wilpon might say he's had everything wrong with him.

The thumb is the issue this week, sore enough that Rodriguez had a cortisone shot on Monday and may not play until Friday. He took ground balls but no batting practice Tuesday, and he's out for at least the first two games of the series against the Red Sox.

And more than that, he felt the need Tuesday to reassure people that he can still play at the level he's accustomed to playing at.

"This year has been the most frustrating, because I've had three different things going on at some point," he said, referring to the thumb, the knee and the shoulder. "But my body feels really good, and when I'm healthy, I feel I can do all the things like I did in April, or in spring training."

In spring training, Rodriguez looked like a possible MVP again. In April, he hit .290 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 20 games.

For the season, Rodriguez has played just 84 games (he'll end up playing the fewest games since he became a regular in 1996), hitting .289 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI.

He's 36 years old now, but it's hard to say that he's nearing the end of his career. Not when he still has six years -- and at least $143 million -- remaining on the contract he signed after the 2007 season.

The Yankees have played better without him than with him this season, going 32-18 (entering play Tuesday) in games he hasn't started and 48-34 in games he has started.

They didn't have him Tuesday, won't have him Wednesday and likely won't have him Thursday.

Then he'll be back . . . until the next thing goes wrong.
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Category: MLB
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