Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda removed in third inning due to injury
BALTIMORE — Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda left Wednesday’s start against the Orioles in the third inning with a bruised right calf, the team announced.
Kuroda had been struck on the calf by a Manny Machado line drive in the second inning and received attention on the field by head athletic trainer Steve Donohue and manager Joe Girardi.
After tossing several warmup pitches, Kuroda remained in the game and retired the next batter to end the inning, but his command appeared to be off when he returned in the third.
Adam Jones opened the third with a double to right field and Chris Davis followed with a single, which sent Donohue and Girardi back to the mound. After a brief meeting, Kuroda was removed, having thrown 55 pitches (35 for strikes).
Kuroda entered Wednesday’s start with a 6-2 record and 1.99 ERA but was charged with five runs on eight hits in two-plus innings after Preston Claiborne surrendered a three-run homer to Matt Wieters immediately after replacing Kuroda.