Curtis Granderson suffers left hand fracture, headed for DL

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ST. PETERSBURG – Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a fractured fifth metacarpal of his left hand after being hit by a pitch during Friday’s game against the Rays and is again headed for the disabled list.

Granderson was drilled by a 90 mph sinker from Tampa Bay left-hander Cesar Ramos in the fifth inning of Friday’s contest and initially stayed in the game to run the bases, with first base coach Mick Kelleher waving off the training staff.

By the time Granderson reached third base, television cameras caught him grimacing and flexing. Manager Joe Girardi and assistant trainer Mark Littlefield visited Granderson at third base and he stayed in long enough to score on Jayson Nix’s RBI walk.

Granderson appeared unable to put his batting glove back on his left hand and left for the clubhouse after scoring. X-rays were taken at Tropicana Field, revealing the fracture, and he was replaced in right field by Ichiro Suzuki.

It has been a rough year for Granderson, who missed the first six weeks of the regular season after suffering a fractured right forearm when he was hit by a pitch in the Yanks’ first Spring Training game on Feb. 24. Granderson was playing in just his eighth big league game of the year.

The fracture is the same one that Alex Rodriguez suffered last July after being hit by a Felix Hernandez pitch in Seattle. Rodriguez missed approximately six weeks.

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why the hell do guys like Granderson get hit at the plate all the time. They’re reaching out too far over the plate and risking being hit and injury or are they too slow to get out of the way or what? Same with Nunez? Too many injuries by hit pitches. It’s why Arod was out so long last year. This is ridiculous. Every game someone else goes down. I think Girardi should make Nix their starting short stop. He’s got experience and he does a decent job at the plate and on the bases and he’s durable and seldom makes a defensive mistake. I like him more than Nunez actually. Nunez has been injured more than he’s played this year. Phelps has pitched a good 6 innings. Girardi needs to go to the pen. The Rays hitters were getting to Phelps in the 6th.

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