Rodriguez: 'If I Can Play, I'll Play'

BOSTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez left Sunday night’s 9-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox because of a tight right calf.

Vernon Wells pinch hit for Rodriguez in the fifth inning.

“I’ve had a calf injury before, and those are tricky,” A-Rod said. “They’re very dangerous. I’m hoping that I came out of the game before something really bad happened.”

Rodriguez was 1 for 2 with a single in the game, which was the Yankees’ last in Boston this year.


New York was swept by Boston and trails AL wild-card leaders Oakland and Texas by three games.

Rodriguez was on the disabled list until Aug. 5 recovering from left hip surgery. He is batting .280 with six homers in 35 games.

Manager Joe Girardi said he had “no idea” whether A-Rod, who also has been dealing with a hamstring issue, would play Tuesday in Toronto.

“It’s frustrating, especially because I feel so good up there,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve also missed playing third base. I think it’s important for me to be out there playing third base. I think it makes our team more balanced. I guess the good news is that we’re leaving Boston.”

A-Rod said he wants to “come back as soon as possible.”

“If I can play, I’ll play,” he said. “If we were in the middle of June or May it’d be a different story.”

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