Granderson suffers a fractured right forearm and will be out until early May.
The New York Yankees suffered a big blow on Sunday as outfielder Curtis Granderson was ruled out for 10 weeks with a fractured right forearm.
Granderson sustained the injury in his first appearance in spring training, as he was struck during the first inning in the 2-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
The bitterly disappointing news comes as the Yankees prepare themselves for the new season after seeing their line-up weakened over the off-season.
It is even more devastating considering Granderson’s impact last season, where he hit a career-high 43 home-runs.
A three-time All-Star who joined the Yankees in 2010, Granderson will now have to be replaced by either of the two new recruits Matt Diaz or Juan Rivera. Ronnier Mustelier replaced him on Sunday, and is also in with a chance, while Zoilo Almonte is another option.
“My body was feeling good, my arm was feeling good, ready to go,” he told MLB.com. “Five pitches in, we’ve got a little setback. It could be worse, but now we rest, recover, get it back and get ready to play whenever that day comes.”
Manager Joe Girardi admitted that ‘Grandy’ was not easy to replace, but was adamant that the Yankees would find a way of coping without him.
However, despite his optimistic outlook on the forthcoming months, the Yankees will undoubtedly miss his presence in the early part of the new season which begins in April.