A-Rod banged up, but feels “just OK” enough to play

Alex Rodriguez has a little bit of seniority on the Yankees’ bench, so when there are opportunities for him to come out early, they’ll often head his way. So it was in the eighth inning on Monday, as Rodriguez left for pinch-runner Ramiro Pena, and Joe Girardi said that he’s trying to get A-Rod off his feet whenever they can.

“[I’m] just OK,” Rodriguez said. “Nothing north of that, that’s for sure.”

Rodriguez said his sore right shoulder is feeling better and that he doesn’t need to come out of the lineup, though the Yankees are considering resting him on Wednesday. He was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in New York’s 5-3 win.

“No, I’m fine, I’m definitely ready to play,” Rodriguez said. “We’re thin as it is, and I’m good enough to play. … There’s a lot of guys that are banged up. It’s part of the long summer. I don’t think there’s a guy in Major League Baseball that feels 100 percent, and I’m no exception.”

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