A-Rod confident Yanks will improve in his absence

A-Rod confident Yanks will improve in his absence

DETROIT -- It is true, as Eric Chavez said after Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Tigers, that the Yankees have been fighting through their share of trouble since losing Alex Rodriguez to a fractured left hand on July 25.

But the Yankees third baseman has been watching his team closely during this recent stretch, in which it has lost seven of 12 games without his bat in the lineup, and thinks the club can rebound from its funk.

"I think we've run into teams in the American League that are playing very, very well," Rodriguez said. "In order to beat those teams, you've got to play almost flawless baseball. We ran into some good pitching. I think we'll be fine. I think you get a win and we'll build on that."

Rodriguez is wearing a light cast on his left hand and said that he is scheduled to have another X-ray performed on Monday at Yankee Stadium. He has been told to expect three to four weeks from the date of the injury for healing, and then about another week to get his strength back.

When he is pain-free, Rodriguez will be cleared to resume activities. The Yankees anticipate that Rodriguez will be able to help them at some point in September, and he believes that the club will find its way in his absence.

"Usually we have little slow starts like this in April," Rodriguez said. "Hopefully we're getting it out of the way now and we can start playing really good baseball. And I feel we will. I'm very confident this team will find its way."