SEATTLE — Even as Alex Rodriguez writhed on the ground in pain, he didn't believe his left hand was fractured. Turns out A-Rod was wrong, and now the Yankees will be without another one of their star players.
"It's difficult. Tough break," Rodriguez said in almost a hushed tone after New York lost to the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Tuesday night.
Rodriguez broke his hand when he was hit by an 88-mph changeup from Felix Hernandez in the eighth inning. He went down in considerable pain. The Yankees said he has a non-displaced fracture of the hand, and there is no timetable for his return. He will be placed on the disabled list and will remain in Seattle with the team for the series finale Wednesday.
Eric Chavez, Rodriguez's replacement at third base, had a similar injury in 2004. He was out for about five weeks.
"You hate to see a guy go down on something freak like that," Yankees' first baseman Mark Teixeira said. "I had a weird feeling it wasn't good."
Rodriguez was the last of three Yankees to get plunked in a five-batter stretch, and that ended Hernandez's night. Hernandez also hit Ichiro Suzuki and Derek Jeter with pitches.