A-Rod scratched from lineup because of thumb

Alex Rodriguez has been scratched from the Yankees’ lineup

Tuesday night because of a jammed left thumb sustained two days

ago, his first game back from knee surgery.

Rodriguez was originally set to bat fourth for New York in the

opener of a three-game series against Oakland. But after cutting

short his early batting practice he decided it was too sore to

play.

A-Rod said he hurt himself fielding a grounder at Minnesota

Sunday, his first game since going on the DL July 7 for a knee

injury.

Rodriguez says he’s available to pinch-hit and that his knee

feels good.