In a bizarre play on Friday night, a comebacker hit Hiroki Kuroda on the back of the foot, popped up in the air, and Alex Rodriguez caught it for an out. After the play Hirok limped off the field in pain before heading off to get x-rays.
X-rays came back negative and Kuroda even said he would have come back out to pitch if the Yankees hadn’t had such a big lead at the time and even tried to before being talked out of it by Joe Girardi and trainers.
“He’s pretty sore,” Girardi told Josh Thomson of the Journal News. “We just have to see how he does the next couple days. I think any time you get hit in the foot like that you have to be somewhat concerned.”
Hopefully Kuroda is fine and makes his next start. He has quietly become one of the Yankees best pitchers. Over his last nine starts, Kuroda has a 2.98 ERA, a 5.6 K/9, and a 2.67 BB/9 while averaging better than 6.1 innings per start.