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Yankees' Granderson fractures knuckle

<p>New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a fractured knuckle on his left pinkie during Friday's 9-4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays.</p>

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a fractured knuckle on his left pinkie during Friday's 9-4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Yankees, who have been decimated with injuries to several of their key players this season, also saw starting pitcher David Phelps exit the contest in the eighth inning after being drilled on his right arm by a line drive off the bat of Ben Zobrist.

Granderson's injury, which was a fractured left fifth metacarpal, occurred in the fifth inning when he was hit by a pitch from Cesar Ramos. Granderson stayed in the game and scored on a walk to Jayson Nix, but then was replaced in the field by Ichiro Suzuki in the bottom of the frame.

Granderson missed the first 38 games this season due to a fractured right wrist he suffered after being hit by a J.A. Happ pitch in his first spring training plate appearance.

Granderson is hitting .250 in eight games this season. He hit .232 with a team-leading 43 homers and 106 RBI in 160 games last season.

Despite having 12 players currently on the disabled list, the Yankees find themselves in first place in the AL East. Shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, first baseman Mark Teixeira, catcher Francisco Cervelli and pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Andy Pettitte are all sidelined.

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