Update (7:23 PM EST): The MRI came up negative, per Josh Thomson of Lohud.com. Rodriguez will travel with the Yankees as they begin a three-game road series against the Rangers on Monday.
Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez was pinch-hit for by Dustin Ackley in the bottom of the sixth inning as he was dealing with what the team reported as “left oblique stiffness,” per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Rodriguez will undergo an MRI to provide more details about the severity of the injury.
Oblique injuries usually result in a stint on the disabled list, so it would not be surprising if that ends up being the case for the 40-year-old Rodriguez. He went 1-for-2 with an RBI double on the afternoon, but he’s hitting an abysmal .145/.242/.273 with two home runs and six RBI in 62 plate appearances so far this season. A couple of weeks off might not be the worst thing for him.