By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — It looks like Alex Rodriguez will have to wait at least another day before joining the exclusive 600-homer club.
A-Rod was hit by a 95-mph fastball by Royal’s pitcher Blake Wood in the eight inning of the Yankees 12-6 win over Kansas City on Sunday. The Yankees slugger immediately fell to the ground, where he remained for more two minutes while being examined by team trainers, the Daily News reported.
"It was a scary moment,” manager Joe Girardi told the New York Post. "When the ball is up there, you are thinking face or hand.”
Luckily for Yankee fans A-Rod reportedly just has a small bruise on his hand did not need x-rays.
"I have pretty much full strength. I should be OK," Rodriguez told The News, who had two hits and three RBI. "I was a little more fearful of the ball coming toward my face and, obviously, the hand is so sensitive. It's very easy to break a bone or chip a bone. I'm just glad none of that happened."
Rodriguez said he expects to be back in the lineup Monday night for the Yanks game against the Indians in Cleveland.
When A-Rod hits his next ball out of the park he will become just the seventh player in baseball history to hit at least 600 home runs and the first since Ken Griffey Jr. did it in 2008.