Albaladejo, Montero leave with injuries
Batted ball hits righty in left calf; right groin hobbles catcher
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Yankees catching prospect Jesus Montero left Sunday's Grapefruit League exhibition against the Reds after suffering a strained right groin.
Montero was behind the plate in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 13-11 loss at Ed Smith Stadium when he attempted to block a wild pitch from right-hander Mark Melancon. Montero's knee got caught in the dirt, and he limped off the field after the play.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Montero had been examined by trainer Gene Monahan and that the 19-year-old backstop would miss at least a few games.
Earlier in the contest, Yankees right-hander Jonathan Albaladejo was also forced to exit after being struck in the left calf by a batted ball.
Albaladejo was working in the bottom of the third inning, when Cincinnati's Jeff Keppinger hit a hard shot up the middle and off the pitcher into center field.
Albaladejo backed up the play and was walking back to the mound when Girardi grabbed him by the shoulders, turning him around. With little discussion, Albaladejo then left off the field with Girardi and Monahan, replaced by right-hander J.B. Cox.
Girardi said the Yankees would wait a day to see how Albaladejo reacts, but the hurler said he felt fine. The 26-year-old Albaladejo made the Yankees' Opening Day roster in 2008, but he missed a significant portion of the season due to injury.
Albaladejo was removed from a May 9 appearance in Detroit with what was later diagnosed as a stress fracture in his right elbow and did not return to the big leagues, though he pitched in four September games on a rehab assignment with Class A Staten Island and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.