The injury bug has arrived at New York Yankees camp early this year, as outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a fractured right forearm after being hit by a pitch in his first at-bat of spring training on Sunday.
The injury is expected to keep Granderson out 10 weeks, meaning the 31 year-old All-Star could make his regular season debut roughly around the first week of May.
This is a critical injury to the Yankees, as Granderson's offensive production will be tough to replace in New York's lineup. In addition to the loss of Granderson's bat, this hurts the Yankees experiment of moving Brett Gardner to center field and Granderson to left field. Granderson hasn't played left field since 2007, when he played just two games there, so he could have used spring training to adjust to the position switch.
With Granderson out, veterans Juan Rivera and Matt Diaz will have an open battle in camp to compete for more playing time. Joining the two experienced Major Leaguers will be Zoilo Almonte, a young prospect who impressed during spring training last season and is looking to make an impact.
Last season the speedy slugger hit .232 with 43 home runs and 106 RBI in 160 games. He has a total of 108 home runs in three seasons in the Bronx.
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