Yankees P Chris Capuano strains right quad in spring game

Wednesday March 11th, 2015

New York Yankees lefthanded pitcher Chris Capuano left the team's spring training game against the Red Sox on Wednesday with a strained right quadriceps, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Following an MRI on Wednesday, Capuano was diagnosed with a Grade 2 quadriceps strain, according to Hoch. His return date is unknown, but Capuano is expected to start the season on the disabled list. "I'd be surprised if he's not down for a while," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Capuano was seven pitches into his start when he left the mound to cover first base on a grounder by Brock Holt. Capuano caught a toss from first baseman Garrett Jones, but appeared to sustain the injury when he stepped on first base awkwardly. According to Hoch, Capuano hobbled up the right-field line, throwing the ball to the ground as he went.

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Capuano has been competing with Adam Warren, Esmil Rogers and Bryan Mitchell for a place in the Yankees' rotation and, according to Hoch, was forecasted to be New York's No. 4 or No. 5 starting pitcher. He joined the Yankees in July last year after being released by the Red Sox.

The 36-year-old signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the team in December. A ten-year veteran, he earned a 2-3 record in 12 games with the Yankees last year, recording a 4.25 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 65.2 innings. He has a career 4.28 ERA with a 76-87 record.

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New York finished last year 84-78 and in second place in the AL East. The Yankees begin the regular season on April 6, at home against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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