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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
A-Rod, Bautista injury updates


There's a "good chance" Alex Rodriguez will be the designated hitter again Tuesday as he battles a stiff neck, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Rodriguez had been scheduled to play third Monday, but was delegated to designated hitter duties after experiencing discomfort before the game.

"Alex woke up with a little stiff neck. He tried to work through it," Girardi said. "He took some ground balls. It was on his right side. He was able to turn left, but when he would throw it would seem to aggravate it."

Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored Monday night.

• X-rays on Jose Bautista's left wrist after the game were negative but he will have to go for more testing Tuesday, according to Toronto manager John Farrell.

Bautista departed in the middle of an at-bat in the eighth inning after experiencing a sensation in his left wrist following a foul ball.

"Through the course of completing the swing he felt a little bit of a popping sensation," Farrell said. "The X-rays were negative so it's not a bone structure. We have to determine what it is, as far as the ligaments in the wrist area. So that's where the MRI is going to come into play tomorrow."

Bautista went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.