Alex Rodriguez injury: MRI reveals Grade 1 quad strain

Al Messerschmidt

After being moved to DH and scratched from playing third base for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders yesterday, Alex Rodriguez is headed to New York to undergo an MRI on his quadriceps muscle that he is experiencing tightness in. The original plan was for A-Rod to play with the RailRiders today and be activated before the Yankees' game tomorrow, but Jon Heyman reports that the chances that A-Rod will be ready to go tomorrow are rapidly decreasing.

If Rodriguez's MRI shows a strain or really any injury, there will be a lot of questions as to why the team didn't play it safe and remove him from the game completely yesterday. Sweeny Murti of WFAN has already started those questions with wondering why A-Rod wasn't sent for an MRI immediately yesterday instead of serving as the DH in the game. Every time the Yankees are ready to add one of their injured players back into the mix this season, most of them have come down with another injury or an aggravation of the same injury in seemingly record time. If it's just bad luck, it's the worst luck in the world.

A-Rod would need to wait five days before beginning another rehab assignment if he is not ready tomorrow when his 20-day rehab window is over. With the Yankees desperately starving for a competent bat to add to their lineup, it serves as another bump in the road in a season that has been full of bumps at every turn.

Updated:

The MRI that A-Rod had revealed a Grade-1 strain, or the same level of strain that Derek Jeter was diagnosed with. A-Rod won't be going to Texas with the team as planned after all. If rest and treatment doesn't work, like with Jeter, he will likely end up staying on the DL for a couple weeks.


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