A-Rod playing through ailments

Alex Rodriguez winced as he made his way down the first-base line on Tuesday, having been drilled on the left elbow for the second time in the Yankees’ past five games.

While Rodriguez certainly wouldn’t claim the repeated bruising is helping his performance at the plate, he also isn’t about to use it as an excuse. For the time being, Rodriguez is prepared to keep moving forward.

“I’m not really concerned,” Rodriguez said prior to Wednesday’s series finale with the A’s. “I’m probably just dealing with a little bit of a back [issue] and my elbow. It’s all part of it. I feel pretty good up there. I felt really good up there last night. I had five quality at-bats.”

Rodriguez was hit in the first inning on Tuesday by Athletics starter Vin Mazzaro, and his reaction was exacerbated by the fact that it came on almost the same tender spot where a fastball from the Blue Jays’ Shawn Camp landed in the 11th inning on Aug. 12 in New York.

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