AL East notes: Hiroki Kuroda, Stephen Drew, Brian Roberts

Al Messerschmidt

Here's what's happening around the American League East.

Kuroda hoping to make next start

New York Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda is hoping to make his next scheduled start following his early exit this week. The veteran was able to make it through a bullpen session today, and assuming his hand responds well tomorrow he's expected to take the mound Monday against the Cleveland Indians.

Kuroda was hit in his throwing hand by a line drive off the bat of Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino earlier this week. While he still doesn't feel "normal," he believes he'll be OK in time to take the ball Monday.

Drew begins rehab assignment

Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew began his minor league rehab assignment last night with Boston's Double-A affiliate. Drew continues to recover from a concussion he sustained during spring training.

Drew was cleared to resume playing in games earlier this week, and he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in three plate appearances last night. He manned shortstop for five innings, and Boston is hoping to have him back in the lineup for their home opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.

Roberts out 2-4 weeks

O's second baseman Brian Roberts suffered another injury last night, and it's officially been diagnosed as a ruptured ligament behind his knee. The injury will require two to four weeks of recovery time, but the 35-year-old won't have to undergo surgery.

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