Hiroki Kuroda left tonight's Yankees/Red Sox game in the second inning a few batters after taking a line drive single by Shane Victorino off his right fingertips on a very cold night in the Bronx. Larry Rothschild and trainer Steve Donahue immediately came out to check on him, and they left him in the game after watching a few pitches.
It quickly became apparent though that something was still wrong, as Kuroda hit Jackie Bradley Jr. in the leg with a pitch that wasn't even close. He got Jose Iglesias out when the batter tried to bunt, failed, and instead grounded into a force at third. However, Jacoby Ellsbury walked on four pitches, and Daniel Nava was also drilled in the leg by a pitch, this time with the bases loaded. A second run scored to make it 2-0, Boston, and that was enough for manager Joe Girardi.
Kuroda left the game due to injury and was replaced by Cody Eppley, who fortunately got Dustin Pedroia to hit into a 6-6-3 double play to end the inning with the score still a slim two-run margin. It looks like Adam Warren will come in for long relief soon after since Eppley's not really a multi-inning guy.
We will update you as soon as we hear anything on Kuroda's injury. If it's a worst-case scenario and Kuroda has to miss time on the DL, I presume Warren's fellow Triple-A starter Brett Marshall or maybe the recently-signed Chien-Ming Wang would be called up, but let's hope it doesn't come to that. Hopefully it's nothing major--the last thing the Yankees need is yet another injury, especially to one of the more reliable members of the starting rotation.
Kuroda left game with a contusion on his right middle finger... will have x-ray #yankees— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) April 4, 2013
UPDATE II: Kuroda will be day-to-day at this point--the x-rays revealed nothing. It's just a bruise. YES's Meredith Marakovits reported that it's too early to determine whether or not he'll make his next start, tentatively scheduled for Monday in Cleveland.