Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda was forced from a brilliant outing Friday night against the Mets after getting struck in the left ankle by a Daniel Murphy line drive. But X-rays turned up negative for a fracture and he’s on track to make his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Braves in Atlanta.
According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, Kuroda — who allowed one hit over seven shutout innings in that interleague outing on Friday — did a workout on an exercise bike Saturday at Yankee Stadium and felt no lingering pain in his left leg.
“That (taking his next turn) is what I’m planning,” the Japanese hurler told reporters Saturday evening. “I have to throw a bullpen and see how I feel. If I can’t do it (Sunday), I’ll try to do it the day after.”
Kuroda has registered a solid 3.46 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 75 1/3 innings this season for the Yankees. The 37-year-old right-hander agreed to a one-year, $10 million free agent contract back in late January.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.