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Playing it Safe

Over at SI.com, here’s Will Carroll on Alex Rodriguez’s recent injury:

More speculation? Yes, the chatter got pretty loud when Rodriguez came out of Saturday’s game with what was described after the game as stiffness in his oblique/back. Was this a situation related to his history of hip issues? Simply put — no. This kind of vagueness is a result of the precision we normally see from MRIs not being available on manual testing. Rodriguez’s injury is in that overlap zone where it’s difficult to tell without more advanced tests exactly where the problem is. So why not do it? It’s unnecessary cost and time. The Yankees knew at that point that it was a day-to-day situation, using the experience of their long-time Athletic Trainers. The weather was a factor, I’m told, as the cold day in the Bronx contributed to the tightness. Rodriguez was held out of Sunday’s game, but feels he caught it before it got more serious. The Yankees will watch him closely, but I think knowing there was an off-day Monday tipped the decision to rest him.

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1 thelarmis   ~  Apr 18, 2011 3:36 pm

i was wondering where will carroll was hiding out these days. haven't seen his name around much...

i'm not averse to letting A-Rod rest 2 more days; not sure playing on the hard surface north of the border is the best idea...

2 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 18, 2011 3:57 pm

Let him rest, we need him for the long haul.

3 thelarmis   ~  Apr 18, 2011 4:03 pm

[2] exactly. like the title of this post, i think we should "play it safe."

let him come back in ball-tumor, over the weekend...

4 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 18, 2011 4:08 pm

Yup, I bet he plays a game in Toronto, though.

5 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 18, 2011 5:42 pm

You can split the difference. Rest him on Tuesday, and if he feels 100%, play him on Wednesday, knowing Thursday is an off day.

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