Yan­kees’ Starter Karstens Breaks His Leg

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sports -

The Yan­kees lost an­other start­ing pitcher yes­ter­day when Jeff Karstens was hit by a line drive, break­ing his right leg.

On his first pitch of the game at Yan­kee Sta­dium against Bos­ton, Karstens was hit on the side of his knee by Julio Lugo’s liner. He won’t need surgery and is ex­pected to re­turn this sea­son, team physi­cian Stu­art Her­shon said.

The right-han­der crum­pled to the ground in pain af­ter he was hit by the line drive, and Lugo reached first with an in­field sin­gle. A trainer and Man­ager Joe Torre came out of the dugout to check on Karstens, who stayed down for a minute or two be­fore get­ting up and try­ing to walk it off.

He threw a few warmup pitches and re­mained in the game — for the mo­ment.

Karstens (cracked fibula) threw five more pitches, two for strikes. But af­ter he gave up a sharp sin­gle to Kevin Youk­ilis, Torre popped out of the dugout again — with a trainer, again — and pulled the rookie.

It was the latest in­jury for the team’s de­pleted staff. Al­ready miss­ing starters Mike Mussina (ham­string) and Carl Pa­vano (fore­arm), the Yan­kees picked Karstens over Kei Igawa for yes­ter­day’s start.

Karstens was 2-1 with a 3.80 ERA in eight games, in­clud­ing six starts, for the Yan­kees last sea­son. K THUMBED OUT: Detroit Man­ager Jim Ley­land and reliever Wil Ledezma were ejected dur­ing the fifth in­ning of the Tigers’ loss to the Twins.

The prob­lems started with the Twins lead­ing 5-3 with run­ners on the cor­ners and no one out. Torii Hunter grounded back to Ledezma, who caught Michael Cud- dyer off third.

Dur­ing the en­su­ing run­down, Cud­dyer had to check his stride to avoid a col­li­sion with Ledezma, who didn’t have the ball at the time. Cud­dyer was awarded home plate for in­ter­fer­ence, a call that Ley­land and Ledezma ar­gued. K IN ME­MO­RIAM: For­mer Vir­ginia Tech base­ball star Kevin Barker and his team­mates on the Syra­cuse Chiefs, the Blue Jays’ Class AAA af­fil­i­ate, wore Hok­ies caps dur­ing their home game against the Louisville Bats.

— From News Ser­vices

BY CHRIS TROT­MAN — GETTY IMAGES

Pitcher Jeff Karstens falls af­ter get­ting hit in the right knee by a liner off the bat of Bos­ton’s Julio Lugo at Yan­kee Sta­dium.

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