NEW YORK - The New York Yankees placed third baseman Alex Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf after Saturday’s 9-5 win over Seattle.
Rodriguez returned to the lineup as the designated hitter for Friday’s series opener after a three-game absence, only to leave after just one at-bat with tightness in the calf area.
Rodriguez has swatted 21 home runs and knocked in 97 runs this year while holding a .265 average through 112 games.
Eduardo Nunez made the first start of his major league career Saturday at third base in Rodriguez’s absence, recording his first hit with an RBI single in a three-run seventh inning.
Right-hander Ivan Nova will be called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Rodriguez on the roster. Nova will make his first career start on Monday in Toronto.