Alex Rodriguez out with sprained thumb

Updated: August 24, 2011, 10:53 AM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday night with an injured left thumb.

The Yankees said X-rays on Rodriguez's thumb were negative, and he is day to day to with a sprain.

"It wasn't what I wanted to hear today," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Hopefully it gets a lot better by tomorrow."

Rodriguez suffered the injury while backhanding a ground ball off the bat of Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer ...

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