Outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a broken right forearm during a Yankees' Spring Training game against the Toronto Blue Jays and is expected to be out for 10 weeks, according to the New York Daily News.
The team leader with 43 home runs last year was hit by a pitch from J.A. Happ.
In 2011 the three-time All-Star hit 41 home runs and drove in 119, coming in fourth in American League MVP voting. He also stole 25 bases that year, and while he swiped only 10 last season, his loss also takes speed away from the already slow Yankees. Last season New York was 11th in the AL with 93 stolen bases.
The 31-year-old Granderson was expected to play left field this season, though he’s primarily spent his time in New York at centerfield.
New York has lost some of its power via free agency and injury during the offseason.
After failing to re-sign Nick Swisher and the 20-plus home runs he provided, the Yankee lineup will certainly miss Granderson’s power. Slugger Alex Rodriguez may not come back until July, if at all, and first baseman Mark Texiera dealt with several injuries last season.
Juan Rivera or Matt Diaz are expected to fill in for Granderson. The 34-year-old Diaz appeared in 51 games with Atlanta last season hitting just .222, while Rivera knocked in 47 runs with nine home runs for the Dodgers in 2012.
Last year, the Yankees were second in the majors in runs scored, and first in slugging.