Yankees’ Hiroki Kuroda leaves game with injury to pitching hand

Hiroki KurodaNEW YORK – Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda was forced to leave Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox with a contusion to his right middle finger. Additional tests, including an X-ray, will be performed.

Kuroda reached up and made contact with Shane Victorino’s hard line drive to open the second inning, which glanced off the hurler’s hand and landed in center field.

He was seen on the mound by manager Joe Girardi and head athletic trainer Steve Donohue, throwing several warmup pitches to prove he could stay in the game, but Kuroda’s command appeared to suffer as the inning continued.

Kuroda hit Jackie Bradley, Jr. with a pitch before inducing a fielder’s choice for the first out of the inning. A walk to Jacoby Ellsbury followed and Kuroda drilled Daniel Nava to force in Boston’s second run of the evening.

That was all that Girardi would see, as he removed Kuroda following his 41st pitch of the night. Kuroda was replaced by right-hander Cody Eppley, who was given as much time as needed to warm up because of the injury.

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Hope you’re right Allan. Somehow all through the preparation of this team over the winter and all talk of keeping under the 189 million cap. and only taking on 1 year contracts, and losing many of the good free agents available and having lost a few good players from last year, you could sense what kind of team this would be. You knew there were important guys we were depending on like CC and Jeter who had surgery in the off season. Then Tex went on extended leave and then Granderson and then Hughes and then…. Noone really knew when or if they’d come back. I think some of the young prospects brought some energy and excitement to the spring training and then they were all shipped back to AAA or AA and we were left with all the old guys and left overs of other teams and a pile of expensive players sitting on the bench or in the training room rehabbing. It’s not just the first two games of the season. It’s the whole philosophy taken by the management of this team toward 2014 that has me concerned and that will affect negatively more than 2 games let me tell you. Allan, I’d love to think this team is at least 20-20 after 40 games. At that point you’ll have a better idea where we’re going to end up after 162.

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2 games into the season and you’re already booking your October breaks, c’mon guys! It hasn’t been great to watch so far, but it’s a 162 game season & no one can stink for 162 games.

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Totally agree with you mickeyyogi. Sure there are 160 games left on the schedule but it’s the makeup of this club and the NOT addressing needs that worries me. Hank and Hal seem clueless and more concerned about the luxury tax then they do a winning ballclub. If, as I suspect, this is going to be a long season then Hank and Hall WILL see their bottom line drop drastically. Weh their team is playing in front of a half full stadium maybe then they will wakeup.

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Even an optimist doesn’t find much to like about the first two games. How many times over the last almost 20 years have we counted on Andy P. to right the ship. Once again, he will need to be the man. The main positive from these games has been Wells, Youk, and Haffner. The main negative—-awful pitching. We’ll see how today goes.

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Anybody hear Joe’s post game comments? We’re hearing the blah blah blah excuses real early again. “We didn’t start last year too well either…” “I thought we hit the ball pretty well tonight in spite of the loss…” Man, I guess that’s what a manager has to say no matter how bad it is but get your head out of your behind. Was he watching a different game than the rest of us? Sure Wells hit a HR late in the game but by then it was way too late. I really believe Joe blew it when he brought Eppley in to pitch. ok for 1 inning but shouldn’t have got cute and left him in for 2 just because he got out of the 1st inning with a double play. The team is too old and too slow. Little home run power and most guys too old and slow to run the bases and cover the field. I think the young prospects we saw in spring training would add more excitement and energy to this team given a chance.

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yankmeister these two boys remind me of many other offsprings I have seen over my lifetime. They have been spoon fed all their lives and haven’t got a clue on how to operate a baseball club or most everything in life. Fact is didn’t King George originally want his son-in-law to be director of operators before either one of these two? IF that was the case it speaks volumes.

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Again, I gotta agree with you. Neither of these guys has a clue on how to run a baseball team, except on how to run it into the ground. If George could, he would slap both his sons silly and tell them to get a clue.

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I have to agree with that.x

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I lay the blame for this ROTTEN team right at the the doors of its owners. Hank and Hal have given Yankee fans a POOR excuse for a team. Mr. Steinbrenner must be rolling in his grave over what this franchise has become. A minor league system that STINKS, the scrap heap of players that no other team wants and playing worse than the Cubs. Hank and Hal have made BAD decisions from Aroid to NOT spending money because of the Luxury Tax. IF you don’t have talent at the minor league level you have to use free agency or trades to have a ball club. Hank and Hal have FAILED in all respects. Using the injuries as an excuse does NOT cut it. These two owners FAILED to address the needs of this team in the off season. Others got better, the Yankees have gotten worse.

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This is becoming a total friggin embarrassment. First 2 games of the season to lose this badly to a Red Sox team that was destined for last in the division. They’re making us look like little leaguers. Sure it’s only the 2nd game of the season, but they’re in New York and everyone was saying, “Oh, it’s only spring training.Who cares what their record is. It isn’t the same as the regular season.” Yeh, well the malaise and poor results have carried over. I can see this team at 5-15 before any of the regulars get back.

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This team is so poorly put together the malaise and poor results were going to carry over regardless.

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This team is so badly put together the malaise and poor results would have carried over regardless.

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Girardi brings Eppley in. He is not a very reliable bull pen pitcher let alone bringing him in in the 2nd inning. He’s really only a one inning guy but Joe leaves him in for 2 innings and he blows it. Joe second guessed himself and lost. He had Warren up. Why didn’t he bring him in? Man this Yankee team would only have a hope in games this year if the pitching was good. Everyone knew the offense wasn’t there. And that hit Overbay missed at 1st and Nunez missed at 2nd would have been caught had Tex been in there and Jeter. This team is hurting bad. Red Sox making us look like a minor league team which basically we are this year. Sad to watch.

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Can we all say cellar dwellers?

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can anything else go wrong with this weak Yankee team? Kuroda wasn’t pitching well before he got hit on the fingers. It’s cold but it’s cold for the other pitcher too. And if he was trying to protect himself why didn’t he just go down? Why did he stick his hand up in the air? Anyway, Yankees seem to be destined for a fateful year. Nothing is working for them so far. Yankee fans are going to get very restless if this keeps up.

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