Blue Jays 2, Yankees 0

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 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 beat 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.

”Mentally, you understand this is part of it, but at the same

time now there’s not much I can do about it except do the best

things I can to not make it worse,” Granderson said. ”Keep myself

ready to go.”

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 homers last year and had five players with at least 20.

This year they could open the season with just two players, Mark

Teixeira and Robinson Cano, who topped 20.

Granderson was examined near first base before leaving the


”It didn’t sound good,” said Yankees third baseman Kevin

Youkilis, who was in the on-deck circle when Granderson got


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


Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera, in the competition for the fourth

outfielder spot, could see increased playing time.

”We’ll be forced to take a look at a short-term option,”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. ”Obviously, we’ll

being get Curtis back. It’s very early. We’re still evaluating what

we actually have in camp. The first month there will be a vacancy

that we need to fill. Is that internal, external, I couldn’t even

tell you.”

Cashman said he is not in favor of giving infielder Eduardo

Nunez a look in left field.

Happ, coming back from foot surgery, went two scoreless innings,

giving up three hits.

”The first inning, I was rushing a little bit, and not quite

getting the extension I needed,” Happ said. ”Going out for that

second inning I felt much better. I was taking my body toward home

instead of first there.”

Happ reached out to Granderson before the ourfielder left the

stadium for X-rays.

”Definitely not throwing on purpose, he’s trying to work on

coming inside,” Granderson said. ”It’s a part of the game.

Sometime you get hit. You just hope you get hit in a better


Projected as the team’s sixth starter, Happ had a 10-11 record

with a 4.79 ERA in 24 starts and four relief appearances last


Yankees starter Adam Warren threw two hitless innings. The

right-hander hit Brett Lawrie with a pitch in the second, which he

said got away from him.

”Tried to go in with a fastball,” Warren said.

NOTES: One-time two-sport standout Drew Henson, who played

quarterback at the University of Michigan and eight games with the

Yankees, will be the new hitting coach for New York’s second team

in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. It’s his first pro coaching

assignment. ”I think he’ll be real good at it,” Yankees first

base coach Mick Kelleher said. ”Has a great mind. An analyzer.”

Kelleher was New York’s roving minor league infield coach when

Henson was in the minors. … Blue Jays LHP Brett Cecil allowed

three hits over two scoreless innings.