09/26/12 1:29 PM ET
A-Rod out of starting lineup with sore left foot
By Jordan Garretson / MLB.com
The ball bruised the top of Rodriguez's left foot during his fourth and final at-bat in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Minnesota at Target Field. He remained in the game after the foul tip, eventually grounding out to shortstop.
"It stiffened up a little bit after the game," Rodriguez said. "It's pretty sore."
Rodriguez did not undergo X-rays, and New York manager Joe Girardi is optimistic that he won't have to miss more than one game. Even without the injury, Girardi may have kept Rodriguez out of Wednesday's lineup as a routine off-day.
"He's sore today," Girardi said before the game. "I'll have to see as we go through the day and he gets some treatment if he's available as a pinch-hitter. It's probably a good day anyway, after playing eight games in a row, a doubleheader, a 14-inning game -- he probably needs a day anyway."
Even if Rodriguez is able to play in Thursday's game in Toronto, he may be in line for a couple of days as New York's designated hitter because of the turf at Rogers Centre.
"I worry a little bit more about the turf than I do the dirt," Girardi said.
The third baseman has been mired in a slight power outage of late. Rodriguez entered Wednesday hitting .233 (10-for-43) over his last 10 games, without any extra-base hits. His last extra-base hit was a home run on Sept. 14 against Tampa Bay, his 18th of the season.
"It's such a fine line, mechanically, to be sound and not be a little bit out in front or a little bit late or chase a ball a little bit off [the plate]," Girardi said. "It's just kind of what guys go to. At any point, they get hot and start driving the ball again.
The absence of Rodriguez's right-handed bat also saw Girardi do a little shuffling with his Wednesday lineup. Instead of leading off, Derek Jeter hit second for only the eighth time this season, while Ichiro Suzuki batted in the top spot.
Robinson Cano started at second base and hit third, while Nick Swisher started at first and batted cleanup.
"You see what happens when we have to stack our lefties," Girardi said. "That's always a concern for me. Sometimes you just got to do it and figure it out."
Girardi: No regrets about pulling Hughes for Logan
MINNEAPOLIS -- A day after taking some heat for pulling Phil Hughes in favor of Boone Logan in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Minnesota, New York manager Joe Girardi showed no regret about his decision.
Hughes had just retired the Twins' Pedro Florimon with a strikeout for the second out of the inning, but he had also given up two hits and a walk while throwing 26 pitches in the inning. Girardi decided to go with Logan against Denard Span in a left-on-left matchup, and Minnesota rallied for four runs in the inning.
"You go with what your gut tells you," Girardi said. "It's not always going to work. I could have left Phil in there, and who knows what happens. It could have went the same way. ... It happens."
Hughes and catcher Russell Martin said they felt like Hughes hadn't worn down and could have finished out the inning. Girardi didn't exactly see it the same way.
"The 26-pitch inning -- how hard he had to work," Girardi said. "You look at that and you say, 'I'm not sure how much he has in the tank here.'"
Span had been 0-for-5 against Logan in his career before connecting for the game's go-ahead double on Tuesday.
"[Hughes] still had good stuff, I thought," Martin said. "It's easy to look back and criticize after one of your lefties [Logan] -- who's been money all year -- doesn't get it done. Same thing could happen to Hughes. Or Hughes could have gotten out of the inning, or Boone could have gotten out the inning as well.
"That's the way baseball is."
Tuesday's loss was New York's 20th of the season in which it held a lead of at least two runs, tied for Boston for the most such losses in the American League, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Yankees entered Wednesday's game with a 31-18 record in series finales this season, winning each of their last four road series finales.
Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.