UPDATE: A-Rod out until at least Tuesday

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UPDATE: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that Alex Rodriguez,
who is currently sidelined with hip flexor tendinitis, will not return
to the starting lineup until at least Tuesday
, according to Ed Price of
AOL Fanhouse.

Cashman left open the possibility that Rodriguez could miss even more
time, but said that the team does not believe he will need a stint on
the disabled list.

Rodriguez and the team insist that the injury is not related to last year’s hip surgery.

4:56 PM: When Alex Rodriguez pulled up lame last night, many worried that the real problem was a recurrence of his hip injury from last year, the thinking being that groin issues often surface as a result of compensating for hip problems.

The bad news: Yes, it is a hip issue that is the real problem. The good news: according to Girardi, the issue is “hip flexor
tendinitis,”
which is different than the hip problem that resulting in Rordriguez’s hip problems last year.

A-Rod is out of the lineup, but he could pinch hit tonight and is officially listed as day-to-day.

Another young fan was struck by a foul ball, this time at Guaranteed Rate Field

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ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.

A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.

Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.

Diamondbacks clinch NL Wild Card

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Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.

The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.

The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.

The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.