NEW YORK — Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez was scratched Tuesday because of a sprained left thumb, an injury he sustained in his first game back from knee surgery.
The three-time AL MVP was set to bat fourth in the opener of a three-game series against the Athletics, a Yankees loss. But after cutting short batting practice, he decided his thumb was too sore. "It felt pretty painful," he said. "Hopefully it's just a day or two."
X-rays were negative, and the Yankees said Rodriguez was day to day.
Rodriguez hurt himself fielding a grounder Sunday at Minnesota, his first game since July 7. The AL East-leading Yankees were off Monday.
While disappointed with the thumb injury, Rodriguez was happy with his health.
"The good news is the knee feels great, body feels good. Hopefully just a bump in the road," he said. "The big picture is the most important thing."
Meanwhile, the slugger is scheduled to meet with Major League Baseball investigators Friday in Baltimore to discuss reports of his participation in illegal poker games.
More Yankees: RHP Mark Prior was scratched from his scheduled minor-league appearance in Tampa because of shoulder discomfort.
Hamels out: The Phillies placed All-Star LHP Cole Hamels (left shoulder inflammation) on the DL, retroactive to Aug. 13. Hamels can come off the DL on Sunday to start Monday at Cincinnati. Meanwhile, RH reliever Jose Contreras will have season-ending elbow surgery, and INF Pete Orr was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Angels: The team formally announced its five-year, $85 million deal with All-Star RHP Jered Weaver.
Cubs: All-Star SS Starlin Castro led off against the Braves after sitting out a game because he wasn't paying attention in the field as a pitch was thrown. TV cameras caught Castro, 21, kicking at the dirt then walking toward the outfield in the sixth inning of Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Cardinals.
Diamondbacks: RHP Jason Marquis went on the 60-day DL with a fractured right fibula. The veteran's shin was broken on a ball hit by Mets OF Angel Pagan on Aug. 14.
Giants: OF Carlos Beltran was activated off the 15-day DL after recovering from a strained right hand and wrist, and LH starter Jonathan Sanchez (sprained left ankle) went on the 15-day DL.
Indians: DH Travis Hafner might need season-ending surgery on his right foot. Hafner, put on the 15-day DL on Monday, is in a walking boot after an MRI showed a strained tendon in the bottom of the foot.
Mets: LHP Jonathon Niese (ribs) and OF Scott Hairston (ribs) will likely go on the DL.
Orioles: OF Felix Pie was designated for assignment, and INF Jake Fox and OF Matt Angle were recalled.
Pirates: RHP Ross Ohlendorf and INF Pedro Ciriaco were recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, and LHP Joe Beimel was designated for assignment. … INF Steven Pearce (broken right index finger) is on the 15-day DL.
Twins: Justin Morneau returned as the DH against the Orioles after missing two games with a bone bruise in his right foot, and RHP Nick Blackburn has an entrapped nerve in his forearm and will be out for two weeks.
Trades: The Diamondbacks sent 2B Kelly Johnson to the Blue Jays for 2B Aaron Hill and INF John McDonald. … The Athletics traded 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff and cash to the Rockies for a player to be named or cash.
Series adjusted: The Marlins and Reds scheduled a doubleheader for today in an attempt to complete their series before stormy weather associated with Hurricane Irene reaches South Florida.