Baseball: Yankees' Kuroda leaves game with hand injury

New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda departed Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox in the second inning after being struck on his throwing hand by a line drive.

Kuroda was taken out of the game after Shane Victorino's single to lead off the top of the second caught him on his right middle finger. He had thrown 41 pitches.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the Japanese hurler, who was the Yankees' most consistent pitcher in 2012, suffered a bruise.

Kuroda inked a one-year contract to stay with the Yankees in November worth a reported $15 million.

Kuroda, 38, finished his first season in a Yankees' uniform with a 16-11 record, 3.32 earned run average and 167 strikeouts with the American League East champions.

Following a successful career in Japan, Kuroda signed with the Angeles Dodgers prior to the 2008 season and went on to compile a 41-46 record with a 3.45 ERA in 115 games from 2008 through 2011.

While with the Dodgers in 2009, Kuroda was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Arizona's Rusty Ryal, suffering a concussion.