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How long will Alex Rodriguez be out?

Yankees manager Joe Girardi, left, points as Alex

Yankees manager Joe Girardi, left, points as Alex Rodriguez is escorted from the game after being hit by a pitch in the eighth inning. (July 24, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Starting for the Yankees at third base as the summer really heats up will be a talented but fragile veteran and a bench player with a .211 career average.

So when is Alex Rodriguez getting back again?

The current forecast has Rodriguez missing 4-6 weeks after the slugger fractured his left hand on a Felix Hernandez pitch during Tuesday's loss to the Mariners. That would put him on track for an early-to-mid September return.

And there is certainly some recent evidence to suggest that's a good estimate.

There were 10 position players placed on the disabled list in 2010 for hand or finger fractures. The players missed anywhere from 12-74 in-season days and averaged 34.9 days missed.

There were 16 position players put on the DL in 2011 for a fractured hand or finger, and their stays ranged from 6-80 in-season days. They averaged 30.31 missed days.

But it's certainly not inconceivable for him to miss substantially more time. Mark Teahen missed 74 in-season days in 2010 and Jack Wilson (56), Tommy Manzella (57) and Coco Crisp (46) also were out for a significant period. Ramon Castro missed 80 days in 2011 and Xavier Nady (46), Gerald Laird (45) and Chase Headley (43) each missed more than six weeks.

Those are the cases Brian Cashman has to worry about as he ponders whether to bolster the Yankees' depth at the hot corner.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez , Yankees , Brian Cashman , Eric Chavez , Jayson Nix , Mark Teahen , Tommy Manzella , Jack Wilson , Coco Crisp , Chase Headley , Ramon Castro , Xavier Nady , Gerald Laird

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