DETROIT, MICHIGAN - APRIL 09: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees looks on after striking out during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 9, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. The Yankees defeated the Tigers 8-4. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Alex Rodriguez was pulled from the game Sunday after tweaking his oblique while swinging in the batting cage. Per the Yankees, results on his MRI were negative and he will travel with the team to Texas. No immediate roster move will be made.
It’s a good sign that A-Rod is traveling with the team, but he will most likely be unavailable for a few days. With Aaron Hicks also banged up, the Yankee bench is getting extremely thin. Manager Joe Girardi said that playing with only 23 players would be difficult to maneuver. The thought is that Hicks is close to returning since no one is being brought up from the minors right now.
A-Rod is off to a slow start on the young season, hitting .132 with two home runs. His right-handed bat is important to the Yankees lineup who struggles mightily against left-handed pitching. They will see a couple left-handers in Texas this week, a series in which Rodriguez most likely will not play.