New York Yankees right-handed starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda
exited yesterday’s contest against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning
after taking a line drive off his right fingertips. Kuroda has since been
diagnosed with a bruised middle finger on his throwing hand, and the Yankees
consider him day-to-day.
Girardi: Kuroda is ok. Just a bruised middle finger.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 4, 2013
Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino led off the second inning
with a line drive up the middle that connected with Kuroda’s hand. The right-hander
didn’t exit the game immediately following the incident, as he hit the next
batter – Jackie Bradley Jr. – and then walked Jacoby Ellsbury on four pitches.
He proceeded to also hit Daniel Nava, the final batter he faced before leaving
While Kuroda obviously wasn’t sharp following the line
drive, he wasn’t exactly cruising in the first inning. That frame he allowed a
After the initial diagnosis of a bruised finger, Kuroda
underwent X-rays on the hand. They came back negative, and it seems like there’s
a good chance that the veteran will be able to make his next scheduled start.
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