UPDATE: According to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News, Rodriguez felt the tightness before today’s game and it only got worse as the game moved along.
Rodriguez remains hopeful to play tomorrow night, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he won’t play if he’s still feeling tightness.
3:24 PM: According to Ben Shipgel of the New York Times, Alex Rodriguez left today’s game against the Rangers after six innings with lower back and oblique stiffness.
Oblique injuries are nothing new with the Bombers lately — heck, it seems like every team has had them — but Shpigel reports that no further tests are planned. It’s a pretty chilly day in the Bronx, so the Yankees will probably see how he feels tomorrow before making a decision on his status.
Rodriguez went 0-for-2 with a walk before being replaced by Eric Chavez at third base. The 35-year-old third baseman is batting .385/.500/.821 with four homers, five doubles, nine RBI and a 1.321 OPS over his first 50 plate appearances this season.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.