A-Rod leaves game with tight calf

Updated: September 16, 2013, 1:31 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

BOSTON -- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was removed for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning of Sunday night's Yankees-Red Sox game with a tight right calf, the latest setback to a team decimated by injuries this season.

Rodriguez said he hurt the calf running out of the batter's box in the third inning, and then felt it on a Robinson Cano double play later.

Asked if he thinks he will miss any games, the third baseman said, "I'm hoping not. I'm hoping we caught it before it got really bad. I'll come in tomorrow, get treatment, hopefully be ready to go. I've had a calf injury before, and those are tricky, they're very dangerous. I'm hoping that I came out of the game before something really bad happened."

No tests on the calf are planned.

The Yankees open a three-game series in Toronto on artificial turf on Tuesday.

"If I can play, I'll play," he said.

"I certainly want to come back as soon as possible, but also be cautious with it," he said. "If we were in the middle of June or May it'd be a different story. We've got to rehab, and try to go as long as you can."

Rodriguez has been troubled recently by a strained left hamstring and has been limited to designated hitter duty for the past five games.

Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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