Ugh, Alex got hit by a pitch on his left hand and Joe Girardi just announced that he has a non-displaced fracture of his hand. No timetable will be determined for his return until he sees the team doctor in New York Thursday. For what it’s worth, Eric Chavez broke the same bone in his hand in 2004 and missed almost six weeks.

First off, what amazingly bad luck the Yankees have. This is the second guy they have lost this year with a broken bone.

So, I guess Eric Chavez is the new third baseman. I am hoping the Yankees recall Brandon Laird. Laird’s overall numbers in the minors are not that impressive (.249/.310/.408) but he has hit lefties to the tune of .296/.341/.505. He would make an interesting platoon partner for Chavez. I suppose Nunez could make some sense, but he is rehabbing from an injury and the Yankees sent him to the minors to solidify his defense at short.

UPDATE: Joel Sherman is reporting that Ramiro Pena is on his way to Seattle. He adds that this doesn’t mean Pena will take A-Rod’s place on the roster, but with Swisher out today, the Yankees wanted someone who could backup multiple positions. They will reassess their needs after today’s game.