St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - New York Yankees outfielder Curtis
Granderson suffered a fractured knuckle on his left pinkie during Friday's 9-4
win against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Yankees, who have been decimated with injuries to several of their key
players this season, also saw starting pitcher David Phelps exit the contest
in the eighth inning after being drilled on his right arm by a line drive off
the bat of Ben Zobrist.
Granderson's injury, which was a fractured left fifth metacarpal, occurred
in the fifth inning when he was hit by a pitch from Cesar Ramos. Granderson
stayed in the game and scored on a walk to Jayson Nix, but then was replaced
in the field by Ichiro Suzuki in the bottom of the frame.
Granderson missed the first 38 games this season due to a fractured right
wrist he suffered after being hit by a J.A. Happ pitch in his first spring
training plate appearance.
Granderson is hitting .250 in eight games this season. He hit .232 with a
team-leading 43 homers and 106 RBI in 160 games last season.
Despite having 12 players currently on the disabled list, the Yankees find
themselves in first place in the AL East. Shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman
Alex Rodriguez, first baseman Mark Teixeira, catcher Francisco Cervelli and
pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Andy Pettitte are all sidelined.
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