BOSTON -- Cody Ransom was expected to hold third base down until Alex Rodriguez made his way back from the disabled list, but now the Yankees will need to find another interim replacement at the hot corner.
Ransom is headed for the 15-day disabled list after suffering a right quadriceps injury in the eighth inning of Friday's 5-4 Yankees loss at Fenway Park, hurting himself while sliding headfirst into second base on a stolen-base attempt.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that he would discuss infield options with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Dave Miley and that the club would have Ransom's replacement in Boston for Saturday's matinee. One leading option could be Angel Berroa, who put in a strong bid in Spring Training with New York but ultimately lost out to Ramiro Pena for the backup infield job.
The 33-year-old Ransom beat the throw after working a walk from Boston right-hander Takashi Saito. After the steal, Ransom walked slowly into center field but remained in the game. He moved to third base on a Derek Jeter groundout, rounding the bag before coming back and slumping over, placing his hands on his knees.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi came out of the dugout and, after a brief conversation with Ransom, called in Pena to run. The 23-year-old rookie had been in the bullpen warming up pitchers with Jorge Posada and Jose Molina both in the game, jogging across the field in shin guards.
Ransom hit .180 with no home runs and six RBIs in 15 games for New York. The Yankees expect A-Rod to return by May 15, with Minor League rehab games possible in the first week of May.