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Yankees dealt blow with injury to star CF

NEW YORK — Yankees CF Curtis Granderson is headed to the disabled list because of a strained left groin, giving New York its first injury crisis of the season.

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Granderson hurt himself running the bases against the White Sox on Saturday. An MRI exam showed a Grade II strain.

Granderson had just snapped an 0-for-10 skid with a single to right in the sixth, and Brett Gardner followed with a single to center. Granderson pulled up sharply after rounding second and had to hobble to reach third safely.

"On his way to second when he reached for the bag, he felt it," manager Joe Girardi said. "He said he didn't feel a pop, that it just kind of grabbed at him."

SMOKEOUT: Tigers manager Jim Leyland plans to keep smoking, just not in the dugout anymore.

Leyland, 65, has smoked cigarettes while at the ballpark throughout his career but will no longer be able to do so at Comerica Park. A Michigan law that went into effect at 6 a.m. bans smoking in most workplaces in the state.

Leyland was not smoking when he met with reporters. He said he has quit before but doesn't plan to now.

UMP BUMP: White Sox DH Andruw Jones and an umpire got to know each other a little too well.

Jones was standing in the on-deck circle in the first inning of the game against the Yankees when Gordon Beckham lifted a foul pop toward the seats. C Jorge Posada tossed his mask aside, and it hit plate umpire Mark Wegner in the head. Wegner then stumbled a couple of steps and plowed into Jones, knocking him off-balance. All were okay, and the ball landed foul.

"No suspension," Wegner said, smiling. "I instigated it."

NO DISTRACTIONS: Mariners LHP Cliff Lee said he was unaware of an ESPN.com report that quoted his agent as saying he is probably headed to free agency after this season. "Basically during the season I want to focus on pitching and not worry about that stuff," Lee said.

UECKER STABLE: Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker is doing well a day after having heart surgery in Milwaukee, the team said. Uecker, 75, was awake and alert.

D'BACKS: RH reliever Leo Rosales will need surgery on a stress fracture in his right foot and could miss at least two months.

MARLINS: RHP Clay Hensley will miss at least three games after the unexpected death of his father. No other details were made available.

NATIONALS: RHP Stephen Strasburg will be promoted to Triple-A Syracuse after today's start for Double-A Harrisburg, MLB.com reported. Strasburg, 21, the top overall pick in last year's draft, has allowed one run in 171/3 innings with 23 strikeouts.

ORIOLES: RH reliever Jim Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for RHP Brad Bergesen, who was recalled from Norfolk to start against the Red Sox. Johnson had a 6.52 ERA and three blown saves this season.

PHILLIES: LHP J.A. Happ, on the disabled list with a left forearm strain, will tone down his rehab for a few days after suffering a minor setback throwing off a mound Friday.

REDS: OF Chris Dickerson is scheduled for surgery Monday to remove part of a bone in his right hand and repair his right wrist.

TWINS: C Joe Mauer, the defending AL MVP, sat out because of a bruised heel.

Yankees dealt blow with injury to star CF 05/01/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 2, 2010 12:12am]
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