Yankees’ Curtis Granderson Breaks Forearm, Out 10 Weeks
The New York Yankees were already coming into the season with questions around the diamond before All-Star CF Curtis Granderson suffered a right forearm injury that will sideline him for 10 weeks. In their first spring training game, Granderson was hit on the arm with a pitch from Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ.
The injury is certainly a killer for the Yankees who are already missing Alex Rodriguez for about half of the season. The Bronx Bombers will be less proficient as far as home runs this year. Granderson accounted for 43 of the Yankees' franchise record 245 home runs last season.
The Yankees' outfield depth was already thin. Brett Gardner will now serve as CF for New York. Either newly acquired Juan Rivera or Matt Diaz may start in left, while Ichiro is still slated to start in right. The Yankees could look to find outfield help outside of the organization and it's been mentioned that Johnny Damon could come back to the Yankees until Granderson returns.
Of course, the Yankees are still the Yankees and will definitely be in the AL East mix. Considering how wide ope the division may be, if the Yankees can stay above water until Granderson and A-Rod return, they may have a real shot to steal the division.
For now, the Yankees may have to be careful who plays during this spring training. They can not afford another injury to one of their stars, or they'll likely be sunk. Opening day for the Yankees is April 1st, hosting the Red Sox from Yankee Stadium.