Hiroki Kuroda has quietly been the ace of this Yankees’ pitching staff, but he’s going to miss a start on Friday with a sore hip flexor with Ivan Nova taking his place at least once through the lineup.
Kuroda wasn’t in attendance for Tuesday night’s game in Minnesota. Instead he flew back to New York where he underwent a MRI in his hip. The results came back clear, no tear or anything, but his hip is sore so the Yankees will skip him in the rotation.
It could end up being two or three starts that he misses, but the Yankees are lucky it’s nothing more serious because losing him at this point might be the straw that broke the camel’s back. He’s just too important for a team that is already slipping in the standings.
Kuroda has made 17 starts this year and has a 2.95 ERA in 106.7 innings to go with a 6.3 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9. Batters have hit just .231/.270/.368 against him.
NEWS & NOTES
• Alex Rodriguez played three innings of rehab at third base for the Low-A Charleston RiverDogs on Tuesday. He went 0-for-2, grounded into a double play and struck out. It’s more important that he’s playing right now than the results though. A-Rod told the AP that he expects to use the full 20 days of his rehab.
• Mark Teixeira tweeted this on Tuesday: “Successful surgery yesterday, doc said it couldn’t have gone better. Looking forward to watching my #Yankee teammates tonight vs the Twins.” I wonder if Brian Cashman will tell him to STFU in the media like he did with A-Rod…Somehow I’m not holding my breath.
• Jayson Nix was originally pencilled into last night’s starting lineup, but was scratched with a sore hamstring. It doesn’t sound like anything serious, but he could miss a couple of days. That leaves the Yankees with just a two man bench and their emergency infielder becomes Vernon Wells. Great times in the Yankees Universe right now.
• There was a rumor last night that the Yankees had signed recently DFA’d infielder Luis Cruz, but those rumors turned out to be false. Cruz hit .127/.175/.169 in 48 games for the Dodgers this season so that’s probably a good thing.
• Keith Law has the Yankees farm system listed as one of the top six most improved thanks to three first round picks in this year’s draft. The Yankees have signed Eric Jagielo (26th overall) and Ian Clarkin (33rd overall), but have yet to ink Aaron Judge (32nd overall) who is holding out for more money. If they fail to sign Judge, they will get another first round pick in next year’s draft; they also could go as high as $700K over slot without losing a draft pick next year.
• Minor leaguer Kyle Roller was tearing it up this year, hitting .270/.357/.456, but suffered a serious leg or foot injury and had to be helped off the field Tuesday night. Roller was not even ranked in our Top 50 Prospects list, but he was enjoying a breakout year.
• Former Yankee Chien-Ming Wang was rocked by the Tigers Tuesday just a few days after getting rocked by the Red Sox so the Blue Jays, his current team, designated him for assignment. He had a 7.13 ERA in five starts this year.
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