It didn’t look or feel bad. But the pitch that hit Curtis Granderson in the right forearm sure hurt the Yankees.
A lineup that lost considerable muscle during the offseason via free agency, will be without Granderson until at least early May after he suffered a fractured right forearm when he was hit by Toronto’s J.A. Happ in his initial exhibition season at-bat yesterday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
It’s a situation that is far more painful than the frigid wood Granderson carried last October in the ALCS.
“You can only control what you can. To be down and pout, that’s not going to change anything,’’ said Granderson, whose forearm was covered with a brace. “Obviously, it’s a big bump in the road.’’
It’s much more than that on several fronts.
One, the Yankees watched close to 100 homers vanish via free agency from last season. Two, the Yankees will play the first month without Granderson’s bat that produced 43 homers and 106 RBIs a year ago. Three, the names in camp that will get a chance to replace Granderson in left are pedestrian or too young. Four, the trade and free-agent markets are limited.
“Whatever we got is right here in camp. If something materializes outside, so be it,’’ GM Brian Cashman said. “Wait it out at the very least. We will keep our eyes and ears open. We will continue to look to see if there is anything better than what we have in camp.’’
Even though his skills have diminished, Vernon Wells is better than what the Yankees have in right-handed hitters Juan Rivera and Matt Diaz.
Fractured arm leaves Granderson out until May
New York Post | Feb 25