- Wallace Matthews, ESPNNewYork.com
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson, who already has missed 38 games this season after breaking his right arm, is likely to miss another month, and possibly more, with a broken left hand.
Three months to the day after he suffered a broken right forearm after being hit by a pitch from J.A. Happ in his first at-bat of spring training, Granderson suffered a broken fifth metacarpal on his left hand after being hit by a pitch from Cesar Ramos in the fifth inning Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Granderson was put on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, with outfielder Brennan Boesch called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Granderson remained in Friday's game and even advanced around the bases, scoring on a bases-loaded walk to Jayson Nix, but he did not come out to play the field in the bottom of the inning.
And while he was on the basepaths, Granderson clearly could be seen grimacing and flexing his left hand.
"I thought I was going to be OK,'' he said. "But once I got to third, it started hurting a little bit and I was thinking to myself, 'I'm going to have to make sure I can go ahead and squeeze a bat before I can go back out there.' And as the inning continued to prolong a little bit, it started to throb.''
X-rays taken at Tropicana Field revealed the fracture.
Granderson was examined by the Rays' team doctor but will return to New York to consult with Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser, the Yankees' hand specialist, who will determine if he needs surgery.
"As of right now, they said no,'' Granderson said of the possibility of surgery. "But I know they were waiting for one more X-ray to get another view of it, and they'll get a better understanding.''
Manager Joe Girardi said he did not know how long Granderson, who was reactivated on May 14, would be sidelined this time. Alex Rodriguez suffered a fracture of the same bone last July after being hit by a pitch from the Mariners' Felix Hernandez and missed 36 games.
"I'm not going to speculate. I'll let the doctors tell us," Girardi said. "Usually broken bones don't heal in two weeks unless you're like 3 years old. Curtis is not 3 years old anymore. You've got to say a minimum of four weeks and then we'll go from there."
Granderson led the Yankees with 43 home runs last season. He has hit 84 home runs the past two seasons, more than any player in baseball.
"Curtis isn't an easy guy to replace because of the power,'' Girardi said. "You just don't get that from everyone. We missed him the first seven or eight weeks of the season. Now we're going to miss him for a while again."
Granderson's injury adds to the total of disabling injuries on the Yankees' roster. Currently, Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Francisco Cervelli, Michael Pineda and Cesar Cabral are on the 60-day DL. Andy Pettitte, Kevin Youkilis, Eduardo Nunez and Joba Chamberlain are also on the 15-day DL.
Earlier in the day, Ivan Nova came off the 15-day DL, but was nearly replaced by David Phelps, Friday's starting and winning pitcher, who took a line drive off the bat of Ben Zobrist to his right forearm in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 9-4 win. But luckily for Phelps and the Yankees, the ball struck muscle, not bone, and X-rays came back negative. He was diagnosed with a bruise.
Asked if he would be able to make his next start, Phelps said, "Absolutely. I'll be fine.''
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
In just his eighth game back after missing the first 38 games with a broken right forearm, Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson fractured his left pinkie during Friday's game against the Rays after being hit with a pitch on his left hand.