Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reported Sunday that Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson will miss 10 weeks due to a fractured right forearm after being hit by a pitch in the teams’ 2-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Granderson, outfielder, was drilled by a fastball in his first plate appearance of the game from Blue Jays pitcher, J.A. Happ. Granderson was taken for X-rays, and Dr. Daniel Murphy diagnosed the fractured forearm, according to Hoch’s report.
Last week, manager Joe Girardi revealed his plan to switch up the Yankee outfield and was going to experiment moving Brett Gardner from left field to center, and Granderson from center to left field. Granderson’s unexpected injury complicates the plan.
“Obviously, it’s a big bump in the road,” Granderson told Hoch, “but you move and keep your body ready to go, and mentally stay focused and ready to go.”
In other news, the rehabbing Derek Jeter is planning his return to the Yankee lineup on March 10 for his first spring appearance, according to general manager Brian Cashman.
Jeter ran for the first time Saturday since fracturing his left ankle in the 2012 American League Championship Series. He is reaching the end of his recovery and doesn’t think having fewer Spring Training plate appearances will have an effect on preparing for Opening Day.
Alex Rodriguez, another rehabbing Yankee, is currently completing two rehab sessions per day for his left hip as of February 21. Rodriguez is expected to return to the team midseason, reported Adam Berry of MLB.com.
The Yankees will take on the Baltimore Orioles at 1:05 pm today for their third exhibition game of the spring.