Yankees’ A-Rod: Left Shoulder Sore, Not Strained

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Alex Rodriguez has a sore left shoulder. How sore is hard to tell.

A-Rod downplayed a report Sunday night that said the Yankees slugger has been playing with a strained shoulder for several weeks.

“That’s the first I have heard of it,” Rodriguez said.

“You go through regular bumps and bruises in a long season,” he added. “I think that’s just another small example of it. But for the most part, I feel pretty good.”

“No,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He is fine, sore but nothing serious. He is just sore. It’s not a strain.”

Rodriguez had three hits and scored three times during New York’s 10-4 victory against the Cubs on Sunday night. He is batting .289 with 13 homers and 43 RBIs in 66 games this season.

He said he has been getting treatment on his shoulder for about 10 days, but called it “nothing out of the ordinary.”

“It feels OK,” he said.

Girardi said A-Rod’s not the only one feeling the effects of a 162-game season.

“Guys are sore and a little beat up,” he said. “No doubt about it.”

Where there’s smoke there’s fire? Sound off on A-Rod’s shoulder in the comments below…

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  • Medium Heat

    If you look at the picture above it seems like Alex is thinking: “Okay, enough, I’m done, moving on, ready for more… My most gorgeous piece of love:0)…

  • Medium Heat

    I think Alex Rodriguez is done playing balls. I mean, how much more can he give to the sport? He already gave enough. It is time for my love to teach other people how to play great baseball. He should be a manager or a coach. I would love to throw Girardi to the field and see if he can hit a single home run.

  • Medium Heat

    Is Alex taking time off from playing balls? I hope he is not since I love to watch him play at the gym while I lift light weights or walk on the treadmill:0)…

  • MikeC

    A-Rod is OK as long as Yankee fans don’t look for the type of numbers he used to put up. Those days are over. He will always be a good hitter until he retires – but the dominant hitter who used to strike fear in opposing pitchers? Sorry!

    • Omar

      You’re right of course, but he’s still on pace to hit 32 and drive in 105 this season. With the rest of that lineup, I’ll take those numbers. Now to get Hughes back so we’re not dependent on AJ and Garcia to have monster seasons.

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