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Freddy Garcia leaves games with bruised hand

       Freddy Garcia immediately left the mound and walked off the field after he was hit hard by a hot grounder off the hot bat of the Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion in the fourth inning at Dunedin. Garcia was diagnosed with a contusion of his pitching hand (a bruise) and was taken back to Tampa for precautionary X-rays.


          Garcia appeared stunned by the shot, looking upward and around for the ball after it caromed hard off his hand. As he walked off, accompanied by the Yankees trainer, he held out his hand and extended his fingers.


          It was the third start of the spring for Garcia, trying to win one of the three open spots in the Yankees rotation. Previously, he was 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA. Previously in today's game, he allowed one run, a long homer by Encarnacion. The Blue Jays outfielder added a three-run homer in the fifth against top prospect Manny Banuelos, who was hit hard (four runs on three hits and two walks).

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