A-Rod Fractures Left Hand in Yankees Loss

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- It was a bad day for New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. He struck out for the 2,000 time in his career, fifth most of all-time, then he was plunked by Mariners starter Felix Hernandez and suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left hand and the Yankees lost 4-2.

"Tough break," said a dejected Rodriguez when asked about his hand,  "I never thought fracture but it was."

There is no time table for A-Rod's return, but Yankee teammate Eric Chavez says he had the same kind of injury and it took him eight weeks to return.

Rodriguez is hitting .276, with 15 home runs, 44 RBIs and a 358 on-base percentage this season.

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