Sunday April 24th, 2016

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Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez left Sunday’s 8–1 loss to the Rays after tweaking his oblique, but will travel with the team to Texas after an MRI came back negative, the team announced.

Rodriguez exited in the sixth inning after hurting his oblique while taking swings between innings.

“It was when he was preparing for his next at bat by taking swings in the cage,” manager Joe Girardi said after the game. “Any time someone leaves with an oblique you're not really optimistic because they take a while depending on the severity of it. I even think sometimes when players physically feel ready, sometimes they don't have the strength they had before.

“It takes some time to get that back, so yeah, I worry. I hope whatever it is turns out to be really, really minor. He said he didn't feel that bad when he went to get the MRI.”

Rodriguez has begun the year hitting .145 with two home runs and six RBIs in 55 at-bats.

– Kenny Ducey

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