A-Rod: Don't think I'm playing this weekend

September, 28, 2013
9/28/13
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HOUSTON -- Alex Rodriguez doesn't think he is going to play at all this weekend, because of his sore legs.

"I don’t think I'm playing this weekend," Rodriguez said after the Yankees' 3-2 win over the Astros. "My calf is pretty sore still."

Rodriguez has not played the last two games because of his calf and his hamstring injuries. Rodriguez is hitting .244 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 44 games.

On Monday, Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game suspension for violating the Joint Drug Agreement and the Collective Bargaining Agreement is expected to start. A-Rod added that no final decisions about his playing time this weekend have been made yet.

THE END OF JOBA: While Joba Chamberlain did not have much to say about what could very well be his final appearance as a Yankee, Chamberlain said it had not sunk in that seventh inning in which he allowed two inherited runners to score could be his last. His manager did go into a little detail about Chamberlain's year.

"He has been through a lot," Joe Girardi said. "With the injury to his ankle and then he started off pretty good this year and had the rib cage injury and never really got back on track for us. It is tough. I think he is better than what he pitched. But he struggled."

Chamberlain is 2-1 with a 4.93 ERA. He is a free agent after this year and the Yankees are not expected to re-sign him.

WARREN IMPRESSES: Girardi's original plan was to have Adam Warren just go 50 pitches and three innings. Since he breezed so smoothly through the Astros' lineup, Girardi let Warren pitched five innings and throw 64 pitches. He did not allow a run. Warren will be a candidate for the No. 5 spot next season.

D-ROB UNDERSTANDS: When David Robertson entered in the ninth, he was booed.

"I definitely heard the boos when I was coming in," Robertson said. "I tried to push them out of my head and tried to make some good pitches. I do not take any of the boos personally. I can understand why the fans really want to see Mariano [Rivera.] The final three games, the fans kind of hope to see him pitch again. We'll see what happens."

Rivera, by the way, told Girardi he was unavailable Friday.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .288
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 64
RB. Gardner 81
OPSB. Gardner .787
ERAH. Kuroda 3.88
SOM. Tanaka 135