This is definitely not the way the New York Yankees wanted to start the 2013 MLB season, with center fielder Curtis Granderson out of the lineup.
Granderson was hit by a pitch in his first Grapefruit League at-bat Sunday afternoon. The good part about it (if you’re a Yankees fan) is that the incident happened during spring training, which means he should be able to return to the lineup in early-to-mid May if everything heals properly.
The 31-year old Granderson hit .232/.319/.492 with 43 home runs last season, the second most in baseball behind Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. His bat is desperately needed in the lineup since seasoned hitters like Nick Swisher, Raul Ibanez, Eric Chavez and Russell Martin signed with other teams.