NEW YORK (AP) _ Alex Rodriguez was sent for an MRI on his sore
right knee and is out of the New York Yankees’ lineup for their
game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

Rodriguez tweaked the knee against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on
June 19. Despite hitting .359 with 10 RBIs in his last 16 games,
Rodriguez he has not homered in 85 at-bats, a career-high drought
for one season.

Manager Joe Girardi says the test is precautionary. He’s not
sure if Rodriguez will be able to play Saturday afternoon against
the Rays.

There is a chance Rodriguez may miss the All-Star game along
with teammates Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. Girardi says it’s
A-Rod’s choice.

Nick Swisher is also out Friday with a sore left quadriceps.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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