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TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson was hit on the right forearm by a pitch in his first plate appearance of the spring and was forced to leave Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays.
Granderson was drilled by an inside pitch from Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ in the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The club announced that Granderson suffered a bruised right forearm and was sent to Dr. Daniel Murphy for precautionary X-rays.
The 31-year-old Granderson played the top half of the first inning in left field, as the Yankees plan to gauge the experiment of having Granderson shift to left field this spring with Brett Gardner taking over duties in center field.
Granderson hit a team-leading 43 homers for New York last season, batting .232 with 106 RBIs in 160 games.
ST. PETERSBURG – As if it wasn’t troublesome enough for the Yankees that Robinson Cano couldn’t flag down Chris Gimenez’s go-ahead hit on Monday, the play came with an added dash of injury concern.
Cano said that he felt his left hip grab as he chased Gimenez’s slow roller through the right side of the infield, which gave the Rays a 4-3 eighth-inning lead that they would hold for the victory.
After receiving treatment from head athletic trainer Steve Donohue, Cano said he was not sure if he will be available to play on Tuesday.
“Right when I tried to bend, my left foot just came straight up and I felt my hip,” Cano said. “It will be hopefully just nothing bad. … It’s tight right now. Hopefully nothing bad or anything.”
In Cano’s eighth-inning at-bat, he neglected to run hard out of the box on a line drive to third baseman Evan Longoria, but he said that was unrelated to any injuries. Cano said he simply believed Longoria had caught the line drive on the fly and then started running when he realized that wasn’t the case.
On Gimenez’s go-ahead hit, Cano said that he was trying to reach for the ball and had a good shot at it, but the ball went under his glove. He said that he would have dove for the ball if the play had been tougher, but Cano didn’t think it was necessary at the time.
“If it was every farther, yeah, of course [he would have dove],” Cano said. “You’ve got to keep the ball in the infield, but if you see the replay, [the hip is] why the ball went under my glove.”
As he spoke to reporters on Monday evening, Cano said that he had already iced the hip and that while he is concerned, he does not believe the injury is very serious.
“I didn’t hear anything pop, thank God,” Cano said. “[We'll] see what happens tomorrow.”
Here is the official word from the Yankees:
RHP Ivan Nova was seen today in New York City by Dr. Christopher Ahmad and underwent an MRI at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
He has been diagnosed with inflammation in his right rotator cuff, and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Treatment will consist of medicine and rest. He will not play catch for five days.
NEW YORK – Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is expecting to return to the lineup on Monday after missing a three-game series against the Red Sox with a sore left wrist.
“That’s the goal,” Teixeira said. “I could probably push it today, but we don’t want any setbacks. We don’t want anything to get inflamed again. So we’re going to take it easy today.”
Teixeira took ground balls at first base on Sunday while wearing a compression brace on his wrist, which has already had one cortisone shot administered as he missed three games from July 31 to Aug. 2.
That quelled the pain temporarily, but Teixeira experienced a flare-up after playing 14 straight games. He said that it seems to bother him most when he swings and misses or attempts to check his swing, and is hoping to avoid a second cortisone shot.
“The reason that we want to take a few days off is I don’t want it to linger,” Teixeira said. “We don’t want it to linger, especially something like a wrist. As a power hitter, I need my wrists. I need my hands. And if it does linger, then it’s not going to help anybody. It’s not going to help me or the team.”
Teixeira is batting .257 with 23 home runs and a team-leading 78 RBIs in 112 games. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he is hoping to write Teixeira’s name in Monday’s lineup against the White Sox in Chicago, and is concerned the injury may be something Teixeira will battle the rest of the season.
“I think it’s a possibility that he could have to deal with this the rest of the year. And I think it’s a possibility it could be gone, too,” Girardi said.
“We’re not really going to know until he goes through it and how effective the treatment is, but he did play a pretty long time before it came back a little bit. That’s good. Hopefully this time it’ll be much longer.”
The Yankees may be without Mark Teixeira for the entire weekend series against the Red Sox, and perhaps a few games more. Teixeira is battling a flareup of soreness in his left wrist and manager Joe Girardi said that Teixeira is “not a player” for Saturday’s game against Boston, and that he doesn’t know if Teixeira will be able to play in the Boston series at all.
The Yankees don’t want to put Teixeira on the disabled list, hoping that some rest will be able to get Teixeira back to a playable state and that he can manage any discomfort the rest of the way.
“I’m a little bit concerned if it’s going to get to 100 percent,” Girardi said. “He was better after the few days off a couple weeks ago and it seemed to come back a little bit. That raises a little bit of a red flag. You do what you can. Tex is good at playing beat up. He’s used to it in his career. We’ll try to get him back as soon as we can.”