Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Kuroda forced to leave game
By Andrew Marchand
Another day, another injury for the Yankees.
On Wednesday night, the team’s No. 2 starter, Hiroki Kuroda, was forced to leave after his right throwing hand was grazed by a Shane Victorino leadoff line single in the second.
Kuroda first ducked to avoid the shot up the middle, but then chose to put his right hand up and the ball connected with his hand. Yankees manager Joe Girardi and team trainer, Steve Donohue checked on Kuroda. After a few practice pitches, they deemed him good enough to stay in the game.
Kuroda, known for his precision, was suddenly wild. He hit Jackie Bradley Jr. After a groundout, he walked Jacoby Ellsbury to load the bases before hitting Daniel Nava to force in a run. Girardi then replaced Kuroda with Cody Eppley. With the bases loaded, Eppley forced Dusting Pedoia to hit into a doubleplay.