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Rodriguez still sore

Alex Rodriguez is still plenty sore from being hit in the left elbow by a pitch for the second time in a week. He's also playing through back pain.
/ Source: PhillyBurbs.com

Alex Rodriguez is still plenty sore from being hit in the left elbow by a pitch for the second time in a week. He's also playing through back pain.A-Rod was plunked by Oakland starter Vin Mazzaro in the first inning of Tuesday night's 7-2 win over the Athletics, but was in the lineup at third base and batting cleanup for the series finale. He said the elbow was "so-so.""I'm not really concerned," Rodriguez said Wednesday. "I'm kind of just dealing with a little bit of the back and elbow."He figures he will regularly communicate with manager Joe Girardi about his health to determine whether he needs a break. The Yankees have a much-needed day off Thursday following a stretch with 33 games in 34 days.Rodriguez was also hit by Toronto's Shawn Camp in the 11th inning a 4-3, 11-inning win in New York on Aug. 12. He sat out Friday and Saturday at Seattle while getting treatment and giving his body a chance to heal.He missed 28 games while on the disabled list from April 4 to May 8 after undergoing arthroscopic hip surgery during spring training to repair his labrum, remove an impingement in the joint and drain a cyst in the hip."This year, I'm just going day by day," he said of how his body feels.A-Rod was batting 3 for 11 with no home runs and one RBI in four games so far during the team's 10-game road trip. He's also drawn five walks and insists that shows he's still seeing pitches and "being in the mix" to help the first-place Yankees. They will certainly need his production heading into a weekend series at Fenway Park against the archrival Boston Red Sox."I'm certainly not pressing," Rodriguez said. "I've been dealing with what I've been dealing with physically and doing the best I can."