Well this isn’t going to help the offense break out anytime soon. The Yankees announced earlier that they are placing Alex Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The team also announced that they called up lefty reliever James Pazos to take A-Rod’s spot on the roster. This is a double blow for A-Rod and the Yankees because he had been coming around with the bat after a painfully slow start. Coming into last night’s game, Alex had hit 3 home runs, 3 doubles, and driven in 7 runs in his previous 5 games. Without his hot bat in the middle of the lineup, the near lifeless offense will have a major void to fill.
As for Pazos, I highly doubt he’ll be in contention to pick up A-Rod’s lost DH at-bats. The decision to call him up rather than a position player indicates the Yankees are going to give more regular playing time to Aaron Hicks and Dustin Ackley and rotate guys through the DH spot as needed. Honestly, that’s probably a better plan than calling up Swisher or Refsnyder, and it’s not like the Yankee ‘pen has been as stellar lately as they were in the early weeks of the season.
Worst of all, the Yankees become a lot more boring with A-Rod out of action. He remained one of the few reasons to tune in and watch this team and now they really need a spark to pull them out of this extended malaise. Here’s hoping guys like Teix and Beltran and Gardner can step up and lead a rally while A-Rod recovers. Continue reading Quick Hit: A-Rod To The DL With A Hammy Strain