Hiroki Kuroda is hardly a guarantee to make his next scheduled start on Monday and the right-hander will face a significant test Friday when he attempts to throw a bullpen session in Detroit. Kuroda didn’t do his usual throwing Thursday after suffering a contusion on his right middle finger when Shane Victorino hit a liner up the middle on Wednesday, forcing him from the game in the second inning. “I don’t feel normal,” Kuroda said through a translator. “I feel a little discomfort, but it’s a batted ball that hit my finger. That’s natural, I think.” He still had his finger wrapped and received treatment, and though he wouldn’t rule out being on the mound Monday in Cleveland, he didn’t make any guarantees. “The bottom line is I’m going to try to make my next start,” Kuroda said before the Yankees’ 4-2 victory over the Red Sox at the Stadium. After meeting with trainer Steve Donohue yesterday, Kuroda opted to skip throwing and will learn more about what kind of impact the injury will have on his hand after he throws his bullpen session. * Robinson Cano said he still hasn’t talked to Scott Boras since ditching the agent in favor of Jay-Z. And while LeBron James was said to have helped sway Cano in his decision to sign up with Jay-Z’s new agency, a representative of James’ told The Post Thursday that was not the case. “LeBron had no discussion with Robinson Cano and played no role in his decision to go with Roc Nation,” the rep said in an email. The second baseman hasn’t gotten off to a good start, just 1-for-11, but manager Joe Girardi said he’s not concerned.
Kuroda’s next start in doubt
New York Post | Apr 5