MLB.com- TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson was hit on the right forearm by a pitch in his first plate appearance of the spring and left Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays. He was diagnosed with a bruised right forearm and sent for precautionary X-rays. Granderson was drilled by an inside pitch from Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ in the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Granderson was quickly removed from the contest by manager Joe Girardi.
Well, let’s see where all the Granderson haters from October are for the first couple months of the season when the new over/under for Yankee outfield home runs is set at a whopping 6. Granted, he may not be the guy you want up in the playoffs when you need a base hit, but his swing is built to crush mediocre regular season pitching and this one hurts. No way around it, this is awful news and a terrible way to start spring training. Position by position, the team’s power numbers look dreadful right now, which may prove to be an issue for a team entirely reliant on power. Personally, I always liked Juan Rivera, but he’s not an everyday outfielder, and God help us if we see Nunez out there. Might as well go left center/right center/5 infielders all April if that’s the alternative. We’ll see how Girardi handles it, but this is not the way any of us pictured spring training starting.
P.S.- Somewhere in Cleveland, Nick Swisher just packed a fat lip and cursed Cashman’s name.