In addition to another anemic offensive performance for the Yankees in Monday night's 3-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers, injuries to Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher left an extra sting.
Rodriguez was pulled after his second at-bat because of a tight left calf and Swisher was later removed because of tightness in his right forearm.
The Yankees, who fell back into a tie with the Rays atop the AL East, said no tests were scheduled on either player and described them both as day-to-day.
Injuries to Rodriguez and Swisher have highlighted the biggest concern for this veteran-laden team: staying healthy. Andy Pettitte is on the disabled list for at least a few more weeks with a groin injury, and the last thing the Yankees want to see now is anyone else joining him on the sideline, especially Rodriguez, the AL’s leading RBI man.
There was no play in which Rodriguez appeared to hurt his calf. He did not make any plays in the field and had two nondescript at-bats, striking out in the second and flying out to rightfield in the fourth. Ramiro Peña took over at third base in the fifth.
Swisher appeared to get his right arm locked in the field as he awkwardly dove forward trying to catch Austin Jackson's single in the sixth inning. When Swisher's spot in the order came up in the bottom half of the inning, Austin Kearns pinch hit for him.