Yesterday New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson fractured his right forearm after being hit by a pitch in his first at-bat in a spring training game and now YouWager experts consider he will be out until at least the first week of May.
The 31 year-old player was hit by a 2-2 pitch from J.A. Happ and was in serious pain when he left the game. At first, the injury was said to be a bruised forearm but right thereafter Granderson was taken to a local hospital for X-rays, which showed the fracture.
New York let their fans know that Granderson will be “major league ready” in 10 weeks, or by approximately May 5.
This was set to be Granderson’s first game in left field as the Yankees consider moving Brett Gardner to center field, however Granderson was not able to field a ball in the outfield.
What happened instead was that he caught a fastball from Happ with two runners on and two out in the bottom of the first. Granderson was then showing signs of pain as he headed to first base, where he was met by manager Joe Girardi and a team trainer.
The native of Illinois was immediately removed from the game. However, neither he nor Girardi initially believed the injury to be serious.
Even so, the X-ray revealed a fracture of the ulna, one of two bones that make up the forearm, a couple of inches above the right wrist.
Granderson is only expected to miss the first five weeks of the regular MLB season but takes with him a bat that produced a team-high 43 home runs in 2012 and 41 home runs in 2011.
The former Detroit Tigers player has been the Yankees starting center fielder since being acquired as part of a three-way trade. According to the MLB live lines. Granderson has led New York in home runs the last two baseball seasons, but his defense has been questioned and, with Gardner back after missing most of last season with an elbow injury, was to be tried in left field for the first time since 2007, when he played two games there.