It’s only two games into the 2013 season, but the injuries are already starting to mount for the Yankees.
The lineup was expected to struggle after being decimated by injuries in the preseason, but the pitching staff may have taken a big hit on Wednesday night. No. 2 starter Hiroki Kuroda left the game in the second inning with a contusion in his right middle finger, adding to the early feeling of impending doom.
In front of a lifeless crowd at half empty Yankee Stadium on a frigid night, the Yankees dropped their second straight game with a 7-4 loss to the rival Boston Red Sox.
Kuroda attempted to grab a Shane Victorino liner with his bare hand in the top of the second that nicked the middle finger on his throwing hand. Yankees’ trainers came out to take a look at the 38-year-old and decided to leave him in, but he struggled with his command. After hitting Daniel Nava four batters later to force in a run – Kuroda’s second hit batsmen of the inning – he was pulled from the game.
Kuroda was diagnosed with a contusion in the finger and sent to have an X-ray.
Newcomers Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells each homered to make things respectable, but the Yankees never really felt like they were in this one.
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