A-Rod gets the day off

Alex Rodriguez isn’t in the Yankees lineup tonight, having played two games since coming back from the disabled list. Joe Girardi said it is just a day off to rest him and Rodriguez should be available to play Wednesday vs. Baltimore. 

“If he had only taken five or six days off, he would have been in there today,” Girardi said. “Having three weeks off and then playing two days without doing a rehab, I just felt like the one thing I don’t want is him to be a little fatigued at this point in time and injure something.”

A-Rod said that if he’d had his choice, No. 13 would have been at third base tonight:

“I wish I could play. I pleaded my case long and hard last night, again this morning, again this afternoon. I went 0-for-3,” Rodriguez said. “I always want to play. [Girardi is] in control.”

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