4/21/2008 02:55:00 AM

A-Rod's Important Off Day Plans Interupted By Injury

Posted by Mark McCray |

Pete Kerzel/MLB.Com:

Alex Rodriguez's plans to spend the Yankees' off-day on Monday in Miami with his pregnant wife, Cynthia, were put on hold after the Yankees' third baseman sustained a right quadriceps strain in Sunday's 7-1 victory in Baltimore.

Rodriguez had hoped to travel on Sunday to South Florida, where his wife is due to deliver the couple's second child by the end of this week. Instead, he will see how he feels upon waking up on Monday morning, though he refused to say whether he would accompany the Yankees to Chicago or return to New York.

Next to Rodriguez, the Yankee most interested in the delivery schedule may be Morgan Ensberg, who will fill in for A-Rod if he has to leave the team for more than one day to be with his wife or recover from the injury.

"It's something that's in the back of my mind, so it's something that doesn't ambush you because we've known it since Spring Training," said Ensberg. "It's not as though when you lose a loved one and you're thrown in there. My routine for batting [and fielding] practice pretty much remains the same."

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