Hamstring injury benches Prado

A struggling offense continues to plague the Yankees, and the situation only got worse Wednesday with Martin Prado out of the lineup because of an aching left hamstring. Prado felt a pinch in the area while rounding first base on his single in the fifth inning Tuesday night against the Red Sox.

That play turned out to be pivotal as Prado was caught in a rundown after he noticed second base was occupied. Prado took some heat for his base running, but I felt Carlos Beltran was more at fault. Beltran was at second base and Brian McCann at first when Prado hit a ball over left fielder Yoenis Cespedes. Beltran held up initially and only got to third base. He should have tried to score in my view because Cespedes after retrieving Prado’s hit threw the ball to second base. There was not going to be a play at the plate.

At any rate, Prado ran into an out that hurt the Yankees’ potential comeback in an eventual 9-4 loss that dropped them five game out of the race for the second wild-card berth and 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Orioles in the American League East.

Prado has been a valuable addition to the Yankees. Over his past 16 games since Aug. 16, Prado is batting .381 with 12 runs, four home runs and 11 RBI in 63 at-bats. Overall with the Yanks since coming over in late July in a trade from the Diamondbacks, Prado has hit .292 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 29 games and 106 at-bats.

In addition, he has displayed much versatility with 12 starts at second base, six at third base, four in left field and three in right field. Just when the Yanks were getting some needed production, that source has been subdued. The Yankees hope it is no more than a day or two, but days at this time of year that is a lengthy period.

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