Hiroki Kuroda likely for next start

Updated: May 23, 2013, 12:09 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

BALTIMORE -- The New York Yankees suffered yet another injury on Wednesday night when Hiroki Kuroda was forced out of his start against the Baltimore Orioles because of a bruised right calf.

Kuroda suffered the injury after taking a line drive off the leg in the second inning. He finished the inning and faced two batters in the third before Yankees manager Joe Girardi removed him.

Girardi said after the Yankees' 6-3 loss to the Orioles that he expects Kuroda to make his next start.

"I'd be shocked if he didn't," Girardi said.

Kuroda also said he thinks he'll make his next start -- scheduled for Tuesday at Citi Field against the Mets' Matt Harvey -- but wants to see how the calf feels on Thursday.

The Yankees already have starters Andy Pettitte, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda on the disabled list. In all, the team has 11 players on the DL, including Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez.

Kuroda had been the Yankees' best starter in 2013, entering Wednesday with a 6-2 record and a 1.99 ERA.

But the Orioles got to him quickly. After retiring the first two batters of the game, Kuroda gave up a solo homer to Nick Markakis and a two-run shot to Chris Davis. Then in the second, Manny Machado's line drive nailed Kuroda in the calf. After being attended to by Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue, he stayed in the game.

In the third, Kuroda gave up a double to Adam Jones and a single to Davis before being lifted for reliever Preston Claiborne, who allowed a three-run homer to Matt Wieters.

Girardi felt Kuroda didn't look exactly right on the mound during the third.

"I don't think he was able to push off," the Yankees' manager said.

Kuroda said if he wasn't struggling against the Orioles he could have stayed in the game.

The right-hander allowed five runs (all earned) on eight hits in two innings. He fell to 6-3 with a 2.67 ERA.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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