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.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.