Yanks’ Granderson sidelined 10 weeksCurtis Granderson jogged to first base after being hit on his right forearm as if it was a minor annoyance. Back at the ballpark in a brace a couple of hours later, it was clear the New York Yankees had a pretty big power problem on their hands.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Curtis Granderson jogged to first base after being hit on his right forearm as if it was a minor annoyance. Back at the ballpark in a brace a couple of hours later, it was clear the New York Yankees had a pretty big power problem on their hands.
In his first at-bat of spring training, the slugger broke his arm when he hit by a pitch from Toronto’s J.A. Happ in the bottom of the first inning Sunday, and is expected to be out until the first week of May.
“Grandy is not a bat you say is easy to replace, but we’re going to have to find a way,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
The Yankees first called it a bruise but X-rays revealed the break, sending the team reeling.
The team said Granderson could be out 10 weeks, which means he’ll miss about a month of the regular season.
“Mentally, you understand this is part of it, but at the same time now there’s not much I can do about it except do the best things I can to not make it worse,” Granderson said. “Keep myself ready to go.”
Marlins owner says dismantling was needed
MIAMI — The Miami Marlins ballpark sat mostly empty Monday, which will likely be the case all year, and team owner Jeffrey Loria leaned his back against the bar in a hospitality area, sipping water in circumstances that warranted stronger stuff.
Happy hour, it was not. As part of a three-day public relations blitz, Loria met with a dozen writers and tried to put a positive spin on his widely mocked offseason decisions.
“We had to turn back the clock for the moment and push the restart button,” Loria said, “and get these young players in here and get them together and look where we are in another year or so.”