Sunday, February 24, 2013

Granderson Out 10 Weeks with Fractured Forearm

On Sunday afternoon, New York Yankees baseball was back in action as they hosted the Toronto Blue Jays at Steinbrenner Field. Adam Warren took the hill for the first time having never faced any of the hitters in the Blue Jays lineup ever in his Major League career...then again this is a brand new Blue Jays team all-around.

Grandyman Hurt? Curtis Granderson started off the game in left field as Joe Girardi tests his experiment this spring, but the outfielder's action on defense would not last more than the first inning. In the bottom of the first inning, Granderson was hit by a pitch in the right wrist from J.A. Happ and was forced to leave the game. The Yankees announced he has a fractured forearm and will be out at least ten weeks.

The team's current outfield depth is already lacking, so Brian Cashman's decision to stick with his guns is already being tested. Juan Rivera and Matt Diaz have emerged as initial options. Without a question, neither one of those guys has the tools to match what Granderson was expected to contribute to this lineup. It also means the left field experiment will be put on hold until at least May.

Catching Battle: Chris Stewart was behind the plate today after Cervelli caught Phelps' game on Saturday. He collected a base hit, but allowed a passed ball on defense. Girardi has said before that he will weigh both sides before making a decision at the end of camp.

Pronk and Youk Made Debuts: Kevin Youkilis flied out to right fielder Ryan Langerhans in the first inning and lined out to third baseman Andy LaRoche to end the first and third inning. Travis Hafner led off the second inning with a strikeout, but rebounded in the fourth inning with a double to mark his first hit as a Yankee.

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