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.”

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