MLB Notes: Granderson hit by Happ, out 10 weeks

MLB Notes: Granderson hit by Happ, out 10 weeks
February 24, 2013, 8:45 pm
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Curtis Granderson jogged to first base after being hit on his right forearm as if it was a minor annoyance. Back at the ballpark in a brace a couple of hours later, it was clear the New York Yankees had a pretty big power problem on their hands.

In his first at-bat of spring training, the slugger broke his arm when he hit by a pitch from Toronto's J.A. Happ in the bottom of the first inning Sunday, and is expected to be out until the first week of May.

"Grandy is not a bat you say is easy to replace, but we're going to have to find a way," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "No one is going to feel sorry for you."

The Yankees, who were beat 2-0 by a Blue Jays' split squad, first called it a bruise but X-rays revealed the break (see full story).

Greinke's Dodger debut
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Zack Greinke felt right at home in his new uniform.

The right-hander pitched two clean innings in his Dodgers debut and Los Angeles tied the Chicago White Sox 2-2 on Sunday in a Cactus League game that was called after nine innings.

Pitching for the first time since he signed a $147 million, six-year contract to join the free-spending Dodgers in the offseason, Greinke retired six of his seven batters. He struck out leadoff man Dewayne Wise and third-place hitter Alex Rios in the first inning.

Greinke gave up one hit, a single up the middle by Jeff Keppinger (see full story).

Pirates catcher Martin won't play SS in WBC
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Russell Martin won't be moonlighting at shortstop after all.

Pittsburgh's new catcher will not play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic because Canadian and Pirates officials weren't enamored with the idea of Martin moving from his normal position.

"It's a pretty simple reason," Martin said Sunday. "The Pittsburgh Pirate organization wasn't comfortable (with) me going to play shortstop over there. I don't think the Team Canada organization was too comfortable with me going to play shortstop."

Martin, who is from East York, Ontario, said he would rather not add to his workload by catching during the WBC. The three-time All-Star was drafted as a third baseman by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2002 before he was moved to catcher (see full story)

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