Not Again: Granderson to the DL with a broken finger

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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.

• In unrelated news, the Yankees have claimed lefty David Huff off waivers from Cleveland Indians and have designated lefty Francisco Rondon for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Huff.

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.

Photo credits: (May 17, 2013 - Source: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America).

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5 Responses to Not Again: Granderson to the DL with a broken finger

  1. mikefoxtrot says:

    Next week, Granderson will address the media to discuss his endorsement deal that will have him become the first major league player to wear Everlast's new 16 oz batting gloves.

  2. Mike Baker says:

    they need a replacement for Ichiro as well maybe Musty,Mesa or Almonte

  3. Ichiro is hitting .143/.143/.167 over the last 11 games. If that keeps up at the very least we'll be seeing more Brennan Boesch.

  4. Mike Sommer says:

    Mesa is hitting about .260 at SWB. Worse is his BB/K ratio. In about 170 AB, He has four walks and 70 K or so. Jack Curry reports today that Overbay may take some fielding practice in the OF. He hasn't played in the OF since AA in 2001 but the thought is RF with Ichiro as a late inning defensive replacement in order to keep Overbay's bat. There is a squeeze with Teix and Youk back soon. You can't have four first baseman/Dh types, only one of which (Youk, 3B) plays a different position than 1B and one (Hafner) who really doesn't play the field at all. Besides this, there will be more interesting moves when people get healthy. Like Joba for Claiborne. Pettitte for Nuno. Nunez for Brignac(?). Youk for Adams(?). As for Claiborne, Nuno and Adams, all three have filled in very well so far. Meanwhile, Francisco DFA'd for Huff. Personally, I've been screaming to replace Francisco with Thomas Neal, who's hitting in the .340s for SWB.

  5. Mike Baker says:

    yeah Thomas Neal is hitting the cover off the ball in AAA im very suprised the Yankees havent called him up yet.I hope the do soon though