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Hiroki Kuroda unsure if he'll be able to start Monday

Hiroki Kuroda rubs up a ball in the

Hiroki Kuroda rubs up a ball in the second inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (April 3, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Hiroki Kuroda acknowledged Thursday that there's a chance he won't be able to make Monday's start because of lingering soreness in his bruised right middle finger.

A day after getting hit in the finger with a line drive, Kuroda said he still felt discomfort in the finger. He did not plan to throw Thursday to give it some time to heal.

Kuroda still plans to go through with his regularly scheduled bullpen session Friday, and how he feels then will go a long way toward determining whether he can pitch in Cleveland.

"I have to say I don't feel normal,'' Kuroda said through an interpreter. "I feel a little discomfort there. [But] it's a batted ball that hit my fingers, so that's natural.''

Kuroda left Wednesday night's start with only one out in the second inning, four batters after a line drive off the bat of Shane Victorino grazed his pitching hand. Tests on the finger performed during the game came back negative, showing only a bruise. The Yankees say he's day-to-day. Quirk turnaround

Joe Girardi didn't sound too pleased that the Yankees are scheduled to play a day game in Detroit on Friday after closing out their series against the Red Sox at home Thursday night.

"I really don't understand it completely,'' Girardi said of Friday's 1 p.m. start.

The game, however, represents Detroit's home opener. Tigers vice president of communications Ron Colangelo said, "It's a Detroit tradition for the home opener to be scheduled as a day game.''

Because of their expected early-morning arrival, the Yankees sent Friday's starter, Ivan Nova, to Detroit ahead of the team to get a good night's sleep.

Extra bases

The Yankees said rain in Tampa on Thursday forced Derek Jeter's rehab activities to take place inside. He has been doing only physical therapy and throwing since he last played in a minor-league exhibition game March 23 . . . The Yankees released reliever David Aardsma, who did not make the team's Opening Day roster.

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