The New York Yankees announced that they have placed designated hitter Alex Rodriguez on the 15-Day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Rodriguez injured his hamstring hustling down the first base line in yesterday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. He was then removed from the game after the injury for Dustin Ackley. In a corresponding move, the Yankees called up left-handed reliever James Pazos.
Rodriguez was sent for an MRI earlier this morning, which confirmed that he would be headed for the disabled list. Rodriguez played 155 games last season, and avoided the disabled list at age 39.
“I’m obviously very disappointed,” Rodriguez told the media. “I feel like I was just hitting my stride.”
Rodriguez, 40, has been off to a slow start, but of late has picked up his play, especially in last weekend’s series against the Boston Red Sox where he drove in five runs over the three-game series. Rodriguez has a .194 average through 20 games this season. He has five home runs and 12 RBIs, which are both team highs.
During Rodriguez’s absence, it is expected that Carlos Beltran will slide into the designated hitter role with Aaron Hicks and Ackley platooning in right field. Ackley can also play first base if they were to give Mark Teixeira a “half day” at designated hitter.
The Yankees have been off to an extremely poor start with an 8-16 record, which has them in last place in the American League East. Rodriguez has been one of the team’s more reliable hitters so far, despite his low average.
Pazos, 24, can slide into the bullpen and help an area on the team that has not performed to their expectations. Pazos will be an important left-handed arm out of the pen until Aroldis Chapman can return on May 9.