Hampered by a tight right calf there's a chance Alex Rodriguez will be used as the Yankees' designated hitter for the remainder of the regular season manager Joe Girardi told reporters prior to Thursday's series finale against the Blue Jays.

Rodriguez who had to be lifted during Sunday's game against the Red Sox after injuring his calf has played the entire three-game set in Toronto but has run the bases gingerly and been deployed as the DH in each contest.

Girardi said Rodriguez hasn't complained about anything but with only 10 games left in the regular season -- including Thursday's contest -- and New York fighting for one of the American League Wild Card spots the Yankees skipper is not going to push the 38-year-old.

"I'd like to get him out there if we can but if we can't we'll deal with it" Girardi said. "It's just part of the gig.

"We will go day by day and I will check with him every other day."

Since hitting his sixth homer of the season against the Orioles on Sept. 11 Rodriguez has been mired in a 1-for-18 (.056) slump. His lone hit was a single in Sunday's game before he was lifted after five innings.

Rodriguez has had a few loud outs to the warning track during the first two games of the Toronto series and Girardi is not concerned about his lack of production.

"I thought [Wednesday] he looked better he really squared up some balls" Girardi said. "He just hit them too high."