Are you kidding me? Curtis Granderson must feel jinxed. On his first at bat of a spring training game, he is hit by a pitch, breaks a bone, and misses the first 38 games of this season.
Now, in Game #47, he gets hit by a pitch again, and this time breaks a finger.
Another 4 weeks or more on the DL.
Like I mentioned, are you kidding me?
The Yanks did win 9-4 as David Phelps was brilliant for five innings before faltering.
Even he almost went on the DL. A liner caught Phelps on the forearm in the eighth inning, but fortunately it was just a bruise.
It looks like Boesch will be back to replace Granderson (they should also bring up Neal to replace Francisco while they are at it).
Meanwhile, Teix could be back in a week (what that does for Overbay is anyone’s guess. It’s hard to have Teix, Overbay AND Hafner all on the same team. One could DH, one could play 1B, but as for #3? And Hafner is NOT going to play the field).
It seems like Youk could be back soon too. Since Youk plays 1B and 3B, you also wonder about Overbay (27 RBI) (and for that matter, David Adams, who has been great since his callup, .323).
Nova has been activated but will be in relief until further notice. Betances (who didn’t get into a MLB game) was sent down.
Also, Nunez and Joba are about ready.
There will be VERY interesting roster decisions to be made in the next two weeks or so.
I do hope Phil Hughes was closely observing Phelps tonight. For often, Hughes, who most likely has better stuff, gets less out of an outing than Phelps does.
Phelps retired the first thirteen men he faced.
He went 7 2/3, 4 R, 6 H, 0 walks, 3 K. (W, 3-2, 3.96).
Logan 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K, 1.88.
Kelley finished up. 1 R, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.03.
The Yanks jumped out in front with 3 in the 2nd. Overbay doubled in two and Nix singled in Overbay.
Brett Gardner HR’d (4, surprising) in the 4th to make it 5-0.
In the fifth, Granderson got his injury on the HBP, and Adams and Overbay singled. A walk to Nix forced home a run, Stewart singled in another. Even CANO was plunked, forcing in another run. Thank goodness Robbie was OK.
Phelps struggled after the five and the 8-0 lead, but the Yanks did a run in the 7th on a triple by Nix and a WP.