Girardi: Lifting A-Rod a mere 'precaution'

Girardi: Lifting A-Rod a mere 'precaution'

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez was removed in the ninth inning of Sunday's 4-0 win over the Mets as a "precaution" according to manager Joe Girardi.

"Just being cautious," Girardi said. "With the little bit of rain, I just thought it made sense."

Rodriguez was making his second start back at third base after missing four games earlier in the week with right hip flexor tendinitis. Rodriguez was the designated hitter in his return to the lineup on Thursday night and has alternated between the DH and third in the four games since.

"I feel good. I feel real good," said Rodriguez after the game, adding that he was "encouraged" when he felt fine after making a diving stop on a Jose Reyes grounder in the sixth inning.

With the Yankees heading to Arizona and Los Angeles over the next week, they won't have the benefit of making Rodriguez the DH. Girardi said before the game it would be a "day-by-day" decision on whether to play both Rodriguez and catcher Jorge Posada. Rodriguez was more hopeful.

"In a perfect world, I hope to get to play all six," he said. "Right now, that's the plan."