The New York Yankees were hoping that after missing the first month and a half of the season with a broken forearm, Curtis Granderson would be able to come in and provide several months worth' of high-end production. That won't be the case now, as Granderson is set to miss another month, and maybe more, with a broken finger sustained during Friday night's victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
David Waldstein of the New York Times reported that Rays reliever Cesar Ramos hit Granderson on the left hand with a 90mph fastball, breaking his fifth metacarpal. Granderson did his best to be positive about the second broken bone he has suffered this season.
“It’s just crazy,” he said. “You can’t get too frustrated one way or the other about it and hang your head down on it. Keep your head up. It’s done. I can’t turn back the clock any way you want to. Have to move forward and be ready for when it heals back up and I have a chance to get back on the field.”
The injury comes only 8 games after Granderson returned from the forearm fracture on May 14th. That problem was also caused by a pitch that hit him, thrown by J.A. Happ at the start of spring training. The four-to-six week timetable given for the broken pinkie could keep Granderson out until the All-Star break.
Granderson's absence will likely mean that the Yankees return to an outfield of Vernon Wells, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki. Granderson had played in all three outfield spots since returning but Gardner still seemed be manager Joe Girardi's first choice at the CF spot, with Granderson only replacing him there for one game. Despite high-profile absences like Granderson, the Yankees have the second best record in the AL at 29-18 and remain in first place in the AL East.
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