The injuries never end with the Yankees this year. Just eight games into his return following a broken forearm, Curtis Granderson will head back to the DL this time after he was hit by a pitch and broke his pinky.
The Yankees got Ivan Nova back from the DL earlier in the day and it’s almost as if they are only allowed a certain amount of healthy players before another one gets hurt.
The Yankees recalled Brennan Boesch to replace Granderson on the roster and optioned Dellin Betances to the minors to make room for Nova. Catcher Chris Stewart, who was not on the DL, returned to the lineup for the first time since May 16.
Granderson will be out at least four to six weeks with this injury. He was just shaking off the rust, but it looks like Ichiro Suzuki‘s job will still be safe instead. Nova will not immediately head back to the rotation. David Phelps has pitched well recently and Vidal Nuno will still make his expected start on Saturday.
Speaking of Phelps, he took a line drive off his forearm and left Friday’s game early. Afterward Joe Girardi said that x-rays were negative. His next start is in question, but it seems likely that he’ll be able to pitch if nothing is broken.
Huff has been a starter for most of his career. In 288.1 career major league innings he has a 5.40 ERA, a 5.1 K/9 and a 3.1 BB/9. Rondon looked like a decent arm in Spring Training, but he has struggled in Double-A this year with a 7.46 ERA, a 6.9 K/9 and a 6.4 BB/9 in 35 innings.
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