New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson is expected to be out until May after breaking his right forearm.
The slugger was hit by a pitch from Toronto’s J.A. Happ in the bottom of the first inning Sunday, his first at-bat of spring training. The Yankees, who 2-0 to a Toronto Blue Jays split-squad, first called it a bruise but X-rays revealed the fracture.
“Five pitches in we got a little setback,” Granderson, who was wearing a molded brace, said later. “Now we rest, (recover), get it back, and get ready to play whenever that day comes.”
The team said Granderson could be out 10 weeks, which means he’ll miss about a month of the regular season.
JETER COMEBACK CLOSE
Yankees captain Derek Jeter is about two weeks away from playing in a game for the first time since breaking his ankle last fall.
New York general manager Brian Cashman said on Sunday that the shortstop should be ready to play in spring training games around March 10.
However, the Yankees don’t want to rush him.
“Physically, he’s capable of doing everything,” Cashman said. “We’re being very cautious.”
MARTIN SAYS NO WBC, EH?
Russell Martin won’t be moonlighting at shortstop after all.
Pittsburgh’s new catcher will not play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic because Canadian and Pirates officials weren’t enamored with the idea of Martin moving from his normal position.
“It’s a pretty simple reason,” Martin said Sunday. “The Pittsburgh Pirate organization wasn’t comfortable (with) me going to play shortstop over there. I don’t think the Team Canada organization was too comfortable with me going to play shortstop.”
Martin is from East York, Ontario.
New York Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano will be restricted from baseball activity for at least two weeks while wearing a heart monitor.
General manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday it was not clear if Feliciano has a “hole” in his heart, which is what the left-hander said Saturday.
Alderson said that until Feliciano is monitored for two weeks, “we won’t really have a diagnosis.”
Feliciano, 36, has not pitched since 2010, when he went 3-6 for the Mets with a 3.30 ERA and led the league with 92 appearances.