Such are the fates of baseball that Hiroki Kuroda spent nearly six innings dancing with history on the very same night Johan Santana made his first appearance since throwing a no-hitter for the Mets.

By the end of last night, however, Kuroda wouldn't be dancing at all. He planned to use crutches to depart Yankee Stadium.

Just as the first-year Yankee was solidifying his value, dominating the Mets in a 9-1 victory at the 2012 Subway Series opener, he suffered a fluke injury that put his immediate future in doubt. The Mets' Daniel Murphy drilled a comebacker that nailed Kuroda in his left instep and shot up straight in the air toward Alex Rodriguez, who caught it for the unusual out leading off the seventh inning.

X-rays were negative — "I feel fine," Kuroda insisted — but the Yankees described the injury as a left foot contusion, and Kuroda walked gingerly from the clubhouse shower to his locker as he prepared for his postgame interview.