- Associated Press - Friday, July 8, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez was sent for an MRI on his sore right knee and is out of the New York Yankees’ lineup for their game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

Rodriguez tweaked the knee against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 19. Despite hitting .359 with 10 RBIs in his last 16 games, Rodriguez he has not homered in 85 at-bats, a career-high drought for one season.

Manager Joe Girardi says the test is precautionary. He’s not sure if Rodriguez will be able to play Saturday afternoon against the Rays.

There is a chance Rodriguez may miss the All-Star game along with teammates Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. Girardi says it’s A-Rod’s choice.

Nick Swisher is also out Friday with a sore left quadriceps.

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