Tampa, FL, United States (4E Sports) – New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson is expected to miss 10 weeks of action after he sustained a fractured right forearm against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday in his first plate appearance in the Grapefruit League.
Granderson suffered the injury when he was drilled by a pitch from Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ while batting in the bottom of the first inning.
The injury originally was announced as a bruised forearm but X-rays in a local hospital revealed the fracture in Granderson’s arm.
“My body was feeling good, my arm was feeling good, ready to go,” Granderson said. “Five pitches in, we’ve got a little setback. It could be worse, but now we rest, recover, get it back and get ready to play whenever that day comes.”
Granderson hit a team-leading 43 homers for New York last season, batting .232 with 106 RBIs in 160 games.
The 10-week estimate by the team includes putting Granderson back to Major League shape, so he is expected to return to the lineup by May 5.
“I’ve already talked to them about, I want to do any and everything I can,” Granderson said. “Obviously I can’t hit and throw, but I want to keep my body as in game shape as it can, so as it comes back, that process speeds up too.”
Before the injury, the Yankees were planning to have a starting outfield of Granderson, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki on Opening Day.
The 31-year-old Granderson played the top half of the first inning Sunday in left field as part of the Yankees’ experiment of having him shift to left while Gardner takes over duties in center field.
“Everything up to this point was all just trial, just to see how it’s all going to be,” said Granderson, who has been the Yankees’ center fielder since he was acquired from a trade with the Detroit Tigers.
Granderson’s injury could give more spring playing time for non-roster candidates Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera, as well as promising prospect Zoilo Almonte, whom the Yankees project as a starting corner outfielder in the future.