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Hiroki Kuroda will miss Friday's start with a sore hip flexor

Patrick Smith

With the way that this season has gone for the Yankees, hearing this about their best starting pitcher, Hiroki Kuroda, had to strike fear in everyone. A trip to the disabled list isn't the worst possible scenario, but it really isn't what this team needs right now at all.

Fortunately for Kuroda and Yankees fans alike, the matter doesn't seem to be a serious one this time.

Ivan Nova will start in place of Kuroda on Friday against the Baltimore Orioles, but it seems like the Yankees' best pitcher this season will avoid a trip to the disabled list or the place where they perform season-ending surgery. File this one under bullet dodged and hope that Nova brings his A-Game on Friday against a tough division rival that has an offense more than capable of making him pay for his mistakes.