A-Rod leaves game with lower back and oblique stiffness

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez left Saturday’s game against the Rangers with lower back and oblique stiffness. No tests are scheduled at this time, the team announced.

Rodriguez was 0-for-2 with a walk against Texas left-hander Derek Holland before being replaced at third base by Eric Chavez for the top of the seventh inning.

“I feel OK. I’m a little sore,” Rodriguez said. “I had a little knot right in my oblique and just couldn’t get warm in this weather.”

The three-time American League MVP is batting .385 (15-for-39) with four home runs and nine RBIs in 12 games for New York this season. He is hopeful to play on Sunday, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that if Rodriguez still feels the stiffness, he probably will not be in the lineup.

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