All-Star Game 2011: Alex Rodriguez Won't Play

Yankees players are exiting the All-Star game in droves on Friday. After Derek Jeter bowed out of the game earlier today, now we learn that New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez won’t play either, according to the official YES Network Twitter.

This is likely related to some minor injury issues that Rodriguez has. Earlier Friday, via tweet from YES Network’s Jack Curry, we learned that Rodriguez is going to be examined for knee problems:

Yanks doing precautionary MRI on ARod’s right knee. Swisher has left quad issue. Both not starting

Swisher is not on the American League’s All-Star roster, so manager Ron Washington has to be breathing a sigh of relief for that, at least.

But a replacement will have to be named for Rodriguez, both in the starting lineup (that could go to reserve Adrian Beltre of Washington’s own Rangers), and on the roster itself. The leagues are rapidly running out of replacements for players who can’t make it to Phoenix.

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