Alex Rodriguez had one at-bat as designated hitter Friday night before being pulled from the game.
The Yankees third baseman, who hadn't played since coming out of Monday's game with a calf strain, grounded out against Seattle's Felix Hernandez in the second inning, and didn't show any obvious discomfort after being thrown out. But the next time his spot came up, Austin Kearns batted.
The Yankees didn't immediately announce why Rodriguez came out, but "aggravated calf strain" is probably a solid guess.
UPDATE: Rodriguez told reporters he felt the calf tighten on his swing, and expects to miss a few more games. He's "not sure" if going on the disabled list is an option. It's too bad he had the one at-bat, or the Yankees could have put him on the DL and made it retroactive to Monday.
-- David Andriesen
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