The news for the New York Yankees isn’t good.
Curtis Granderson has a broken right foreman, reports Wallace Matthews, an injury that will keep him sidelined about 10 weeks. The return will likely put him back into the Yankees lineup during the first week of May.
While the injury is bad news for Granderson and the Yankees, it could prove to be beneficial to the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox are already positioned to get off to a good start due to their early season schedule. Boston has injury concerns of their own, mainly the health of David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Clay Buchholz, but all three players look to be potentially ready at the start of the season.
The fact that the Yankees may finally be starting to show their age is something that bares watching at the beginning of the season, especially after a winter where the Yankees seemed extremely reluctant to spend money.
Granderson will miss the first series of the season between the teams, leaving the Yankees to patch together their outfield with Brett Gardner, Juan Rivera and Matt Diaz to support Ichiro Suzuki.
New York will have Mariano Rivera attempting to return from missing most of last season due to injury. Derek Jeter is scheduled to start playing in about two weeks in his attempt to return from his injury suffered during the playoffs last season. Alex Rodriguez sounds like he will miss the majority of this season due to a hip injury.
Starter Phil Hughes has already been dealing with a bulging disk issue in his back at the start of spring training and the Yankees eagerly await Michael Pineda‘s return in June.
When healthy, the Yankees remain a formidable team in the AL East, given their talent.
The fortunate thing for the Red Sox is that the Yankees may not be fully healthy all season.
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