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Curtis Granderson has broken right forearm, out 10 weeks

Feb 24, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

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Brutal news this afternoon out of Yankees camp.

According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, outfielder Curtis Granderson has been diagnosed with a fractured right forearm and will need 10 weeks of rest and rehab. Which means he probably won’t be ready for action until late April or early May.

Granderson suffered the injury when he was plunked by the Blue Jays’ J.A. Happ in the second inning of Sunday’s Grapefruit League game. It was originally labeled as a bruise, but X-rays showed otherwise.

Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera are the internal options to replace Granderson, though the Yankees could opt to upgrade via trade or free agent signing. Scott Podsednik, Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu are available.

Brett Gardner is now certain to open the 2013 season as the Yankees’ starting center fielder.

  1. southofheaven81 - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Brutal is right. Damn.

  2. Old Gator - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Doom watch!

    • historiophiliac - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      I totally need to stock up on booze for this.

      • Ben - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    • bigharold - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      OG, ..Doom Watch’s start in Miami.

      We here on the bridge of the Death Star chuckle at your suggestion.

  3. heyblueyoustink - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Is this part of the whole ” The Yankees are doomed” thing Craig’s been poking fun at?

    • Old Gator - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      Yep. He left his leaky little barge SS Doomwatch tied up at the pier when he left for Arizona, and he’s coming home to the unsalvaged and renamed Costa Concordia.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        Oh, my. I hope the Captain doesn’t have to go down with the ship.

  4. paperlions - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Bones get brittle when you get old. 😉

    • historiophiliac - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Can you walk at all then?

      • Old Gator - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:23 PM

        Funny. Mine got rubbery.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 24, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        You cooked them too fast. Apply a rub, and slow it down, Mister.

  5. randygnyc - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    If Hap can’t avoid hurting players, he should be pumping gas. The blue jays are also culpable. I have a raging blood lust and am calling for serious retaliation.

    • nbjays - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      The Yankees will retaliate by having Jeter angrily dive for a ball just out of reach to his left…

      • deathmonkey41 - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        All those rings are weighing him down. Be nice to him- maybe he’ll give you a gift basket, eh?

      • badintent - Feb 25, 2013 at 12:07 AM

        no a Joba fast ball in Bret Lawrie’snoggin will do the trick , very nicely. Do it before Bret knocks him self out diving for a popup on the douguot steps as usual twice a year.

    • drewzducks - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Clay Buchholz says “too bad…not!”

    • hammyofdoom - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Oh shush. How many players get hit in baseball every year and they dont end up getting broken arms. Crap happens, sometimes to your favorite players, move on.

    • tuberippin - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      I agree, Randy G. I mean, just look at J.A. Happ’s track record of hurting hitters:

      * Curtis Granderson
      * uhh…
      * erm…
      * wait, there’s gotta be another one around here somewhere….

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      Some people just do not understand your sense of humor Randy. By the way, the Yankee starting pitcher (some turkey who is unlikely to make the team) hit Lawrie. Did not see the game, but from what I read in the box score, it appears that Lawrie was hit first.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Well, their strike out rate will probably drop. I was one of the ones thinking Granderson should be traded in the offseason. He’s been hit or miss at the plate. Played just as badly, if not worse than A-Rod in the playoffs last season.

    • guatdajel - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Why everyone wanted to trade their 2nd most productive player and lose potentially 40+ home runs in an offseason where they’ve already lost ~100 is beyond me.

      • deathmonkey41 - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        I think most people rather go back to a little bit of small ball instead of watching guys strike out or ground into DPs when they’re not hitting HR’s. The guys they lost + Granderson have done zip in the postseason.

      • Kevin S. - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        I think most people like results. Also, Yankees had the 10th-lowest K% last year. Wasn’t a big problem.

      • guatdajel - Feb 24, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        A preference for small ball over stacking your lineup with power hitters is another meme I’ll never understand. The yankees had the most home runs, the most runs, and the most wins in the AL last year, and they didn’t bunt or steal for shit. You really can’t make the argument that they’ve gotten better by losing home runs, no matter how “scrappy” they are. Those people who want to go back to small ball must not enjoy winning very much.

        And that postseason argument is bunk too – they played fantastically over 162 games and like crap for the last 9. That’s a small sample error if I’ve ever seen one.

      • deathmonkey41 - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        They’ve been terrible the last three postseasons. I’d rather have guys that could move runners over, etc… then guys that strike out with the game on the line or ground into DPs because the only thing on their mind is yanking one out of the park to be the hero.

      • Kevin S. - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:21 PM

        Last year, the Tigers led the league in GIDP, was one SB away from being last, and were among the cellar-dwellers in sac flies and sac hits. They only had slightly fewer strikeouts and a couple more sacrifice hits than the Yankees did, while being significantly worse in the SB, GIDP and SF categories. Stick want to pretend your narrative means jack shit? The Yankees lost because weird shit can happen in a four-game series, including but not limited to your star shortstop shattering his ankle, your star third baseman playing on one hip, and Delmon fucking Young having the week of his life.

      • guatdajel - Feb 24, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        @deathmonkey41 You realize you just said the yankees have been terrible for the last 3 postseasons. I just want you to think about that for a couple minutes so you can grasp how that actually detracts from your argument.

        Get it yet? They’ve made the playoffs in those 3 years, which is more than most of the “small ball” teams can say. Whether or not they performed up to their potential in those series is a moot point considering the sample size.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 24, 2013 at 8:38 PM

        Kevin, I think the Yanks’ losses also had a little something to do with the Tigers’ pitching (less Valverde)…just as an aside.

      • Kevin S. - Feb 24, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        I did say “but not limited to,” ‘philiac. No disrespect intended for the fine Motown hurlers.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:47 PM

        Kevin, I think the Yanks’ losses also had a little something to do with the Tigers’ pitching (less Valverde)…just as an aside

        Also don’t forget* that if Peralta doesn’t make that ridiculous diving stop on Arod’s grounder in the first inning, it’s likely 2-0 Yanks with runners on 1st and 2nd. Fister pitched out of two bases loaded situations in the first two innings and the yanks got zero runs.

        *yeah I know, hindsight/predetermined outcome/etc, but in a series where the Yanks got zero breaks, they could have used that one.

      • deathmonkey41 - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Don’t forget that the Yankees could have won the first game against the TIgers after Ichiro led off in extra innings with a double. These great HR hitters were unable to move him to third with less than two outs….couldn’t even hit the ball the other way. I’m not unhappy that Russell Martin is gone. I wouldn’t be upset if Granderson were traded away. I think it’s time to retool. This team has shown that it’s not championship worthy as currently constituted. Why should they continue to fool themselves as these guys just get older?

      • guatdajel - Feb 25, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        Deathmonkey, give it up man. They’ve won 95-97 games each of the last 3 years. You have a very rudimentary understanding of baseball if you’re honestly suggesting they need to completely rethink their approach because of a handful of individual games over the last few years. In this case your argument is based off of one game. Ridiculous.

        Baseball isn’t a sport where the best team will necessarily win the WS every year. The true measure of a team’s success is their record at the end of the regular season. The post-season is largely a crap shoot.

  7. sdelmonte - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    NYC continues its epic crossborough OF shortage!

    • cur68 - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      On the plus side for you lot, who the hell is that playing short for The Empire? Sounds like his name is “Cito Culver”. He’s got an arm on him, like wow. Pretty good range, too. Not used to seeing that sort of thing from The Empire at that position. I don’t like this at all.

      • Kevin S. - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        Can’t hit for shit, though. Culver’s no answer.

    • dondada10 - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Even without Swisher and now Granderson, the Yankees outfield is still significantly better than the Mets. That should give you an idea of what sort of shit the Mets plan on rolling out their this year..

      • badintent - Feb 25, 2013 at 12:12 AM

        Nice !! Now please don’t tell the Mets seasaon ticket holders that the enitre AA team was brought up this week…………………………to stay for the season.

  8. cackalackyank - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Wow, here is the stuff that this payroll watching stuff just can’t account for. At least it is early, but with the offence being over 100 HR short of last year, this can’t help. About the only thing that Granderson really has going for him offence wise is the homerun threat, so now he loses @ six weeks of the season to deliver on that. The rest of this comment can now be considered “Yankee Doom Watch” material by many. While admittedly it is only the second game of spring training some of the good ole patterns already seem to have emerged. Yesterday the NYY won handily over the Braves 8-3, today as we enter the 9th inning it is 2-0 Toronto, with the Yankees having out hit the Jays. Inconsistent offensive production, lack of timely hitting. Right now I just have to think of a couple great Yogi-isms: “It’s like deja vu all over again” and “It ain’t over til it’s over.”

  9. tuberippin - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    At least it’s not his wrist. Granderson is (at this point) useful to the Yankees primarily for his power hitting.

  10. vallewho - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    He will be missed with his power threat. But at least he will not strike out 200 times this year.

  11. 13arod - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Matt diaz and juan rivera are cable of taking his place know that they are getting old but age doesn’t matter

    • mazblast - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Diaz can’t hit righties, Rivera can’t hit anymore period, both have, uh, defensive shortcomings that will play “well” in that compact Yankee Stadium left field, and both are older than dirt. I’m not sure if either is “cable”, but neither is “capable”.

  12. jayscarpa - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    The pitching better be very good.

  13. hojo20 - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Well now is the time to use some rookies to see how they play.

  14. genericcommenter - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Well, if they did sign someone, I don’t know why they would be looking at light-hitting DHs.

  15. Kevin S. - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Say, Theo, *which* prospect did you want in exchange for eating most of Alfonso Soriano’s salary?

    • brewcitybummer - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Unfortunately it looks like Soriano will count for 19 mil against the new luxury tax rules. I could be misreading it thought-provoking

      • Kevin S. - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        I was under the impression that if the team paying the salary took the LT hit. If the Cubs paid $26MM out of the $36MM Soriano is still owed (that’s the number that’s been bandied about this offseason), then I believe he only counts for $5MM/year for the Yankees.

      • brewcitybummer - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        I have no idea why the word provoking popped up. Stupid phone

  16. papacrick - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Austin Jackson is a straight up beast!

  17. onbucky96 - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Take that Evil Empire!

  18. fredverd - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Slade Heathcott? Up and coming…with some power…perhaps it’s his time!

    • jwbiii - Feb 24, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Zoilo Almonte is already on the 40 man roster. I’d like to see what he has first.

    • Kevin S. - Feb 24, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Slade Heathcott hasn’t cleared A-ball yet. How about we see how he handles Trenton before sticking him in the Bronx.

      Almonte was kind of meh as a AA-repeater last year, but he’s probably the best internal option for April. Damning with faint praise, but there you have it.

  19. kmastro88 - Feb 24, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    This sucks

  20. tbbucs621 - Feb 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    As a Rays fan I even have to say this sucks for the Yankees. I was watching the game MLB network from my home town of Tampa and I knew as soon as he hit him he was going to be out for some time as it was nasty. I hope he gets better and had the same power when he comes back, just not against the Rays.

  21. mccourty1sland - Feb 24, 2013 at 5:57 PM


  22. navyteach - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Dude won’t be the same even when he gets back and it’s his contract year no less. It will be interesting to see how this affects the Yankees lineup. This should be an interesting year in the AL East!

  23. jlovenotjlo - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    … Opening up a roster spot for Jim Thome ?!

    • mazblast - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Yeah, having Thome on the same roster as Travis Hafner makes LOTS of sense.

      • jlovenotjlo - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        One can hope..

  24. cowboyzshininstar - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Chris Dickerson would’ve been a good replacement

  25. 4d3fect - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    ….and Shaikin has already debunked the Wells-to-the-Yanks rumors. Wells sounds remarkably well-adjusted considering his situation.,0,2417943.story

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