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Calf strain to cost Belliard at least a week

Calf strain to cost Belliard at least a week

Calf strain to cost Belliard at least a week
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Yankees infielder Ronnie Belliard was scratched from Sunday's 7-3 win over the Phillies with a right calf strain and will miss more than a week of action, manager Joe Girardi said.

Belliard, who will turn 36 in April, was injured while fielding a ball during batting practice and had to be removed from the lineup. Prospect Brandon Laird started at third base in Belliard's place.

A non-roster invitee to Yankees camp, Belliard batted .216 with two home runs and 19 RBIs in 82 games for the Dodgers last season. He showed up this spring noticeably heavier than he had been with Los Angeles.

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