Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson was hit on his right arm by a J.A. Happ pitch in the second inning of Sunday’s Grapefruit League game vs. the Blue Jays. Granderson appeared to be in pain and was immediately lifted, but the early word is good.
According to beat man Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Granderson has been diagnosed with a “bruised right forearm.” The Yankees sent him for X-rays to rule out any sort of fracture but are calling those tests “precautionary.”
We’ll provide further details as they’re released.
Granderson batted .232/.319/.492 with 43 home runs, 106 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 160 games last season for New York. The 31-year-old is expected to make the transition to left field this summer, allowing the speedier Brett Gardner to take over in center.
UPDATE, 3:17 PM: Granderson’s forearm is broken and he will be out for the next 10 weeks.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.