Update (1:28 PM EST): Rodriguez was unable to handle a throw from shortstop Didi Gregorius on a Mike Napoli ground ball to lead off the top of the second inning. He was charged with an error.
Following Friday night’s 19-inning saga, the Yankees have made an interesting lineup decision for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Red Sox. Alex Rodriguez will bat clean-up and play in the field… at first base.
As MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch notes, this will be A-Rod’s first start in the field since September 10, 2013 and his first start anywhere other than third base, shortstop, or DH in 2,573 career games.
Rodriguez hit his 655th career home run on Thursday and has a .955 OPS in 16 plate appearances to start the season. He sat out the entire 2014 season due to a suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis.
Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.
It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.