By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com | @BryanHoch
BALTIMORE -- Alex Rodriguez has a date with an MRI tube on Wednesday morning, and that promises to determine if the Yankees' designated hitter can avoid a stint on the disabled list after injuring his right hamstring in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Orioles.
Rodriguez appeared to move gingerly as he jogged down the baseline on a ground ball to shortstop Manny Machado in the fifth. Dustin Ackley pinch-hit for Rodriguez when his spot in the batting order came around again in the eighth inning.
"I feel sore," Rodriguez said. "Hopefully the good news is that I wasn't running very fast. We'll see what happens."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he watched Rodriguez closely on the play. After being called out at first base, Rodriguez lingered in shallow right field and flexed his leg.
"I was concerned, but I wasn't real sure, you know?" Girardi said. "I think he knew he was out and sometimes he'll pull up. It took him a while to turn around, come back, and I got a little concerned, and I asked him when he was walking in.
"I said, 'Are you OK?' And he said, 'It's my hammy, it's tight.' So we had it examined and we feel the best course of action is an MRI tomorrow."
The injury came one week after Rodriguez missed two games with an oblique issue, expressing confidence that he would be able to avoid a stint on the DL. Rodriguez seemed less certain when discussing his hamstring on Tuesday evening, saying that he didn't want to speculate.
"I don't know. It wasn't a big pop; I've done that before in my career," Rodriguez said. "I'm hopeful for the best. We'll see how I wake up in the morning."
Rodriguez finished 0-for-3 on Tuesday, dropping his average to .194, but he had been one of the few Yankees hitting with any consistency. Rodriguez is 6-for-17 (.352) with four runs, two doubles, three homers and six RBIs on the Yankees' current trip.
"Extremely frustrated," Rodriguez said. "I was really excited about coming here to Baltimore and continuing what I started in Texas and Boston. Hopefully it's just a small setback."
"He's obviously a big part of what we're doing, a guy in the middle of the lineup that we expect to drive in runs when we get on base for him," Brett Gardner said. "We hope he's only out for a day or two."
If Rodriguez has to go on the disabled list, the Yankees could use his absence as an opportunity to give Carlos Beltran at-bats as a designated hitter, with Aaron Hicks playing more regularly in the outfield.
New York also has Aaron Judge, Rob Refsnyder and Nick Swisher among those at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre who are vying for call-ups.
"If he's out, someone's going to have to step up in his place, that's all," Girardi said. "That's the nature of the game. Hopefully it's not much and he won't go on the DL, but we'll see."
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.