Saturday, May 25, 2013

Another Granderson Injury in Yanks Blowout Win

Despite the Yankees blowing out the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field by a score of 9-4, there were several stories that had the potential to be devastating news for a Yankees team that has suffered more than their fair share of injuries this season. Curtis Granderson, eight games into his season since coming back from a fractured forearm, was plunked again and fractured his fifth metacarpal near the knuckle of his left pinky finger. Doctotrs he visited with in Tampa told him that he probably won't need surgery on the bone. However, Girardi already stated that Granderson will miss at least four weeks. This is crushing news for a player who came back from an almost identical injury just a week ago. Granderson has always been a class act, and these injuries are really testing his patience. Fortunately for Curtis he was raised well and always knows how to speak with the media without coming off as being selfish. Many players would be complaining in Granderson's place; Granderson is not most players though, and he will come back soon to start anew yet again. Aside from Granderson's injury, David Phelps was also hit hard by a come-backer in the eighth inning. Phelps was pitching well, and the deepest he'd even gone in a start. After speculation on what looked like a brutal hit on his forearm, doctors revealed that Phelps has nothing more than a bruised right forearm. When asked whether he would make his next start, Phelps emphatically said that he doesn't even doubt it.

Apart from the above injuries, the Yankees coasted past the Rays in their building. Tropicana Field has been a nightmare for the Yankees in recent years but Roberto Hernandez has been a pitcher the Yankees have feasted on in his Cleveland days. This was a recipe for success for the Yankees, who were on the verge of losing a third straight game for the first time this year. The 6-9 batters were the main reason for the offensive outburst, as they went a combined 8-18 with 5 RBI and a walk. Chris Stewart, who just returned from a groin injury amassed two hits including an RBI single in the fifth inning against Cesar Ramos. Lyle Overbay continues to be a miracle for the Yankees, as he drove in two runs and hit his eleventh double of the year. It will be a tough decision for Girardi to make when Teixeira comes back, which will likely be at the end of next week. Brett Gardner also drove in two runs with a home run in the fourth inning off pitcher Roberto Hernandez (Fausto Carmona).

The Yankees will try to continue their dominance tomorrow as Vidal Nuno will make his second career start in the Major Leagues against lefty Matt Moore who is 8-0 with a 2.29 ERA through nine starts in the young season.

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