New York Yankees All-Star third baseman Alex Rodriguez (quadriceps) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, April 29, after aggravating an injury to his right quadriceps and being diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain following an MRI exam. It marks his first stint on the DL since the 2000 season.
Rodriguez first suffered the injury Sunday, April 20, as he was running out a grounder, and it was determined then to be a mild quadriceps strain. He initially missed a handful of games; some of those games overlapped the time his second child was born. He rejoined the team Thursday, April 24, but didn't return to the lineup until Friday, April 25, in time for a four-game road series against the Cleveland Indians. In New York's game Monday, April 28, he aggravated the injury again while running out a grounder.
Veteran third baseman Morgan Ensberg will likely serve as the starting third baseman while Rodriguez is out. Ensberg, after an 0-for-4 performance Tuesday night, April 29, is hitting just .233 with one home run and three RBIs in 43 at-bats. He has been hitting all over the lineup but has seen most of his action in the fifth through eighth spots.
The 32-year-old had a monster season back in 2005 with the Houston Astros, batting .283 with 36 homers and 101 RBIs; he started off hot in April 2006, including seven homers in six straight games, but his performance has tailed off dramatically since then. Last year, he hit .232 with eight homers and 31 RBIs in 85 games with Houston; he was then traded to the San Diego Padres, with whom he went on to hit .224 with four homers and eight RBIs in 30 games.
Ensberg's fantasy value would seem to increase while A-Rod is out, but he hasn't really produced even when in the lineup this year, or any time in the past couple of seasons. He could be a suitable option for the short term in AL-only leagues, however, if there are no better options available. Obviously, fantasy owners should stash A-Rod and wait for his return.
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