During last night’s 4-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was hit by a hard Felix Hernandez slider that sent him down on the ground writhing in misery. Apparently, breaking a bone in your hand is painful because following the game, the Yankees announced that A-Rod suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left hand and will have to spend some time on the Disabled List.

Unless a trade can be made this week for one of the many third basemen available, it’s expected that Eric Chavez and Jayson Nix will fill in for Rodriguez during his absence. While it’s never good news when a player fractures a bone in his hand, the Yankees and their fans can take solace in the fact that it’s only a non-displaced fracture. That means that while the bone has cracked, it remains properly aligned. Hand injuries can be complicated, but typically speaking this isn’t a difficult one to bounce back from.

The Yankees are also currently seven games up in the American League East, and while we learned last year that no lead is safe, there are probably worse things that can befall a team in that position than having one its best older players get forced into taking a rest for four to six weeks in late July and early August.