Alex Rodriguez day-to-day after X-rays come back negative on thumb

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Alex Rodriguez is sitting out Tuesday’s game and will undergo X-rays on his left thumb after jamming it Sunday in his first game back from knee surgery.

Rodriguez said he hurt the thumb while fielding a grounder in the game against the Twins.  He was a late scratch tonight after cutting short his batting-practice session, though he said he would be available to pinch-hit.

A-Rod went 0-for-5 Sunday in his return.  In his absence tonight, the Yankees have Eric Chavez starting at third base and batting seventh.  Robinson Cano has moved into the cleanup spot.

UPDATE: According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Rodriguez is considered day-to-day after X-rays on his left thumb came back negative.

Andrelton Simmons, Shohei Ohtani both injured in Angels’ loss

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The loss of a close, well-pitched game is hard enough for any team to take, but when you lose two key players to injury in the process it’s gotta be damn nigh intolerable. That’s what happened to the Angels last night in their 3-1 loss to Minnesota, losing Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani. And it happened on consecutive plays in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Simmons is likely to be gone for an extended period after suffering a sprained ankle which was later deemed “severe”. Indeed, they weren’t sure it wasn’t broken until the X-rays came back negative. He sustained the injury running to first base, trying to beat out an infield hit. He came down on the ankle and it twisted in ugly fashion — there are Gifs of it on Twitter and stuff, but you don’t wanna see them — before tumbling over the bag to the ground. Simmons will have an MRI today to see how bad things really are.

Ohtani got off more easily, getting hit in the right ring finger with a pitch while striking out. His X-rays were also negative, but they will reassess him today.

Simmons is hitting .298/.323/.415 on the year while playing his usual spectacular defense. Ohtani, who just came back from Tommy John surgery as a hitter a couple of weeks ago, is hitting .250/.345/.375.