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 was 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 beaten, 2-0, by a Blue Jays’ split-squad, first called it a bruise, but X-rays revealed the break.
‘‘Five pitches in, we got a little setback,’’ Granderson said. ‘‘Now we rest, recovery, get it back, and get ready to play whenever that day comes.’’
The team said Granderson could be out 10 weeks, which means he’ll miss about a month of the regular season.
It’s a major blow for the Yankees, who are already without Alex Rodriguez until at least the All-Star break. The Yankees also lost Nick Swisher to free agency.
Granderson led New York with 43 homers last season. The Yankees hit 245 last year and had five players with at least 20. This year they could open with just two players, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano, who topped 20.
The Yankees were planning to experiment during exhibition games to see if they would move Granderson from center to left, with Brett Gardner going from left to center. That potential alignment is on hold. Girardi said that Gardner will likely start the season in center.
General manager Brian Cashman also announced that Derek Jeter is about two weeks away from playing in a game for the first time since breaking his ankle last fall.
‘‘Physically, he’s capable of doing everything,’’ Cashman said. ‘‘We’re being very cautious.’’
Martin skips WBC
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. ‘‘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 Ontario, said he would rather not add to his workload by catching during the WBC . . . Ryu Hyun-jin made his debut for the Dodgers, allowing a triple and getting a strikeout during one inning against the White Sox. Los Angeles signed Ryu to a $36 million, six-year deal in December, making him the first player to move straight from Korea’s top league to the majors . . . Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano will be restricted from baseball activity for at least two weeks while wearing a heart monitor. General manager Sandy Alderson said it was not clear if Feliciano has a ‘‘hole’’ in his heart, which is what the lefthander said Saturday. Feliciano, 36, has not pitched since 2010.