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Hiroki Kuroda has ankle bruise, expects to make next start

Jun 10, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

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Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda was forced from a brilliant outing Friday night against the Mets after getting struck in the left ankle by a Daniel Murphy line drive. But X-rays turned up negative for a fracture and he’s on track to make his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Braves in Atlanta.

According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, Kuroda — who allowed one hit over seven shutout innings in that interleague outing on Friday — did a workout on an exercise bike Saturday at Yankee Stadium and felt no lingering pain in his left leg.

“That (taking his next turn) is what I’m planning,” the Japanese hurler told reporters Saturday evening. “I have to throw a bullpen and see how I feel. If I can’t do it (Sunday), I’ll try to do it the day after.”

Kuroda has registered a solid 3.46 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 75 1/3 innings this season for the Yankees. The 37-year-old right-hander agreed to a one-year, $10 million free agent contract back in late January.

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