Curtis Granderson breaks knuckle, out at least four weeks

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Curtis Granderson may be facing another lengthy stay on the DL.
Curtis Granderson may be facing another lengthy stay on the DL. USATSI

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During Friday night's eventual win over the Rays, outfielder Curtis Granderson left the game after being struck on the left hand by pitch in the fifth inning. He was later diagnosed with a broken knuckle on his pinky finger, and manager Joe Girardi said Granderson will be out at least four weeks.

Granderson, of course, was recently activated after missing the first 38 games of the season because of a fratured right arm he suffered in spring training. On the season, the 32-year-old, three-time All-Star is batting .250/.323/.393 in 31 plate appearances.

In the same game, right-hander David Phelps was in the midst of a strong outing when he was struck on his pitching arm by a line drive off the bat of Ben Zobrist. It appeared to be something far more serious than a glancing blow, but subsequent X-rays revealed no fracture. He's been diagnosed with a right forearm contusion.

In 2013, Phelps has pitched to a 3.96 ERA in 50 innings of work.

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