A-Rod scratched from lineup with thumb injury

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's game against Oakland because of a thumb injury.

According to MLB.com, Rodriguez jammed his left thumb when trying to backhand a ball in Sunday's game against Minnesota. That was his first appearance since returning from knee surgery. A torn meniscus had kept him out since July 7.

Eric Chavez is starting at third in Rodriguez's place.