Alex who?

The Yankees will have to get by for at least another month without third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who fractured his hand earlier this week against the Mariners.

Will that affect the Yankees in the short term or over the long term?

With the help of a methodology which estimates the platoon skills of Rodriguez's replacements in Jayson Nix and Eric Chavez, Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs says the answer is no.

Writes Cistulli: Using the 0.04 runs per plate appearance figure, A-Rod's absence leaves the Yankees with a deficit of somewhere between seven and nine runs during the course of his injury -- or fewer than one win (about 10 runs equals one projected win). That's not a nonissue for any team, but for a club such as the Yankees -- one that enters play Sunday with an 8.5-game lead in the AL East -- it's also not a particularly immediate threat.

Check out the full story here (Insider).

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