The New York Yankees lineup suffered a major blow on Sunday after it learned it will be without OF Curtis Granderson until at least the first week of May. Granderson, in his first Spring Training at-bat, was hit by a pitch and fractured his right forearm. Granderson was planned to be part of an experiment the Yankees were undergoing with their outfield and had moved him to left field for Spring Training. New York had planned on moving Brett Gardner to center.
The loss of Granderson now takes the team’s most potent home run bat out of the lineup for the first five weeks of the regular season. The Yankees already lost nearly 100 home runs from last season with the departure of several players in the offseason. Granderson accounted for 43 homers in 2012.
Granderson seemed to take the injury in stride. “Obviously, it’s a bump in the road. To be down, pout, all those things isn’t going to do anything. We just continue to move forward,” Granderson told reporters after the game.