After exiting Tuesday night's game, Alex Rodriguez is headed for an MRI on his right hamstring. The New York Yankees' designated hitter was pinch hit for in the eighth inning after jogging out of the batter's box in the fifth inning on a groundball.
Amid a six-game losing streak, the Yankees most assuredly want to keep their designated hitter in the lineup. Despite being 40 years old, Rodriguez has hit at exactly league average rate according to wRC+. While that isn't what should be expected of a designated hitter, Rodriguez has added some value by logging 17.2 innings at third base this year. While his fielding has been well below league average, Rodriguez's positional flexibility can help the Yankees.
Prior to the season, Greg Bird underwent shoulder surgery. The Yankees announced he would be out for the entire 2016 season back in February.
Bird was believed to be depth in the instance that one of the aging Yankees players became injured and were headed to the disabled-list. Instead, in the event that Rodriguez is injured, Dustin Ackley and Aaron Hicks will likely share the load while Mark Teixeira will continue to man first base and Chase Headley will continue to man third base.
The results of Rodriguez's MRI are not yet known. However, the Yankees could rest the nearly 41-year old slugger for the next couple games regardless. Joe Girardi has the roster depth to do so. However, if the losing streak continues, resting Rodriguez could become problematic.