Alex Rodriguez's strained right quadriceps is starting to become a real pain.
Rodriguez, who has already missed three games in April because of the injury, said he felt a "pull" while running the bases against the Indians on Monday and told MLB.com there's "no way" he could play Tuesday.
"The key for me now is to get healthy," Rodriguez told the Web site. "There's a lot of baseball to be played this year. When I get back out there, I want to be close to 100 percent."
Rodriguez, who played the entire four-game series in Cleveland, aggravated the quad while running out an infield groundout in the fourth inning, according to MLB.com.
He stayed in the game and took an Aaron Laffey pitch to his left thigh in the sixth inning. Rodriguez would eventually score on an infield single by Morgan Ensberg and later said he only felt at 50 percent crossing the plate, according to the Web site.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi lifted Rodriguez for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. He told MLB.com his All-Star third baseman would be evaluated on a day-to-day basis and would not play against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.
"Every time he has to run, you see it sometimes," Girardi said. "He said every day, when he come back the next day, it feels better. There have been times when you see him run and you see him pull up a little bit. We're trying to tell him to be smart."
Rodriguez originally hurt his leg while running out a fielder's choice on April 20 in Baltimore. The injury allowed him to travel home to Miami for the birth of his daughter. He received treatment on his leg while in Florida before rejoining the Yankees last Thursday in Chicago.
The AL's reigning MVP is batting .286 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 24 games.