5:18pm: Capuano has been diagnosed with a Grade II right quad strain, the Yankees announced. They did not give a timetable for his return but it’s safe to say it’ll be a few weeks. Even after he is healthy enough to resume pitching, Capuano has to get stretched out to start.
1:40pm: During an in-game interview with YES, Brian Cashman said Capuano has a right quad strain and will go for an MRI this afternoon to determine the severity.
1:15pm: Projected fifth starter Chris Capuano left this afternoon’s Grapefruit League start with an apparent right leg injury after facing just two batters. He covered first base on a ground ball and appeared to hurt himself when he hit the bag. Here’s the play:
If there is any good news, it’s that Capuano is the most replaceable of the club’s rotation candidates. Adam Warren, Esmil Rogers, and Bryan Mitchell are considered the front-runners to step into the rotation should injury strike and I assume they’re first in line to replace Capuano if he has to miss an extended period of time. Off-days in April also mean the team can skip that rotation spot a few times early in the season.
Capuano, 36, had a 4.25 ERA (3.85 FIP) in 12 starts and 65.1 innings with New York last year. The Yankees re-signed him to a one-year deal worth $5M over the winter.
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