NEW YORK - New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was struck by a Lance Berkman line drive in batting practice and limped off the field.
Rodriguez, who was stationed at his normal position of third, writhed on the grass in pain for several minutes before being tended to by a team trainer, and was taken out of the starting lineup for Saturday’s 5-2 victory over the Red Sox.
A video replay of the incident seemed to reveal that Rodriguez was momentarily distracted in the field while Berkman was taking his swings. During the early stages of the FOX national broadcast, play-by-play man Joe Buck admitted that Rodriguez turned to greet him when the ball was hit.
“I hit it, and, well, I had a great view of it. It was just on him. I remember cringing because it was dead on and I hope he’s not out for long,” Berkman admitted. “That’s just one of the things about batting practice, we all get hit. I remember back in 2005, we almost lost Andy (Pettitte) to a start in the NLCS when he got hit with a line drive on the knee. It’s just one of the hazards of the profession.”
The injury was termed a lower left leg contusion, and X-rays taken after the incident were negative. Nonetheless, there is no timetable for his return.
Rodriguez recently hit his 600th career home run and is batting .263 with 17 homers and 88 RBI in 102 games this season for New York.