Curtis Granderson jogged to first base after being hit on his right forearm as if it was a minor annoyance. Back at the ballpark in a brace a couple of hours later, it was clear the New York Yankees had a pretty big power problem on their hands.
In his first at-bat of spring training, the slugger broke his arm when he was hit by a pitch from Toronto’s J.A. Happ in the bottom of the first inning Sunday, and is expected to be out until the first week of May.
The Yankees, who lost 2-0 to a Blue Jays’ split squad, first called it a bruise, but X-rays revealed the break.
“Five pitches in we got a little setback,” Granderson said. “Now we rest, recovery, get it back, and get ready to play whenever that day comes.”
The team said Granderson could be out 10 weeks, which means he’ll miss about a month of the regular season.
Granderson led New York with 43 homers last season.
It’s a major blow for the Yankees, who are already without Alex Rodriguez until at least the All-Star break, and lost Nick Swisher to free agency. Captain Derek Jeter is still about two weeks away from playing in a game for the first time since breaking his ankle last fall.
Indians blank Reds
Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched two scoreless innings in blustery conditions and seven Cleveland pitchers combined on a one-hitter, leading an Indians split squad to a 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds in Good- year, Ariz.
Matsuzaka was limited to just 11 starts last season for Boston after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011. He’s trying to win a spot in Cleveland’s rotation this spring.
Blue Jays fall to Orioles
Mark Buehrle was tagged for a two-run homer in his Toronto debut, and the Baltimore Orioles beat a Blue Jays split squad 5-4 in Dunedin, Fla.
Buehrle allowed two runs and four hits over 1 1/3 innings. The left-hander retired his first four batters before Lew Ford singled and Steve Pearce homered.
Tigers tie Phils
Cy Young Award winners Roy Halladay and Justin Verlander made their spring training debuts in Lakeland, Fla., as the Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers tied 5-5 in 10 innings.
Both aces allowed a run and struck out two in two innings.
Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 3.
Around the league
Ryu Hyun-, the first player to move straight from Korea’s top league to the majors, made his debut for the Dodgers, allowing a triple and getting a strikeout during one inning of work against the Chicago White Sox. … New York Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano will be restricted from baseball activity for at least two weeks while wearing a heart monitor. General manager Sandy Alderson said it was not clear if Feliciano has a “hole” in his heart, which is what the left-hander said Saturday.