Sunday, February 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Yankees' Granderson out 10 weeks

TAMPA — Curtis Granderson jogged to first base after being hit on his right forearm as if it were a minor annoyance. Back at the ballpark in a brace a couple of hours later, it was clear the 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 hit by a pitch from Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ in the first inning Sunday. He is expected to be out until the first week of May.

"Grandy is not a bat you say is easy to replace, but we're going to have to find a way," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "No one is going to feel sorry for you."

The Yankees, who lost 2-0 to a Toronto 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. It's a major blow for the Yankees, who are already without 3B Alex Rodriguez until at least the All-Star break. They also lost OF Nick Swisher to free agency.

Granderson had a team-high 43 homers last season for the Yankees, who hit 245 and had five players with 20-plus.

JETER UPDATE: SS Derek Jeter is about two weeks away from playing in a game for the first time since breaking his ankle last fall, GM Brian Cashman said.

Jays: No concerns

DUNEDIN — Spring results aren't terribly important to Mark Buehrle. After allowing four straight hits to the Orioles in his second inning Sunday, the Blue Jays left-hander said he wasn't disappointed.

Buehrle, acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Marlins, retired his first four hitters before allowing a single to Lew Ford, a two-run homer by Steve Pearce and singles to Danny Valencia and Taylor Teagarden.

After 11/3 innings and 35 pitches, Buehrle was yanked. Toronto lost 5-4.

"It seems I never pitch too good in spring training," Buehrle said.

Buehrle got two flyouts, a strikeout and a grounder.

"When I'm going good, I'm getting a lot of ground balls," Buehrle said. "If they find holes, that's part of the game, but fly balls aren't good. … Got some pitches, got some work in, so it's obviously a good day."

Phils: A solid start

LAKELAND — Phillies ace Roy Halladay was pleased to get through his spring debut without any pain.

The right-hander, who has two Cy Youngs to his credit, struggled last season with lower back pain that forced a change in his mechanics. He missed six weeks with a strained shoulder that he said was a result of trying to pitch through the back pain.

Sunday, Halladay allowed one hit in two innings, a long homer to Tigers DH Victor Martinez. The teams played to a 5-5 tie in 10 innings.

"I feel a lot better than I did at the end of last season," Halladay said. "I am just trying to get better and not put a lot of stress on my arm. It has been a long recovery process, but I am taking baby steps for now."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was brief in his assessment of Halladay's effort.

"Roy is fine," Manuel said. "Martinez is a great hitter, so that's not a big thing. (Roy) is already ahead of where he was this time last year."

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