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Joe Girardi says Curtis Granderson is “probably pretty close” to returning

May 1, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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It sounds like Curtis Granderson will beat both Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis back from the disabled list, as Yankees manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that the center fielder is “probably pretty close” to returning from a fractured right wrist.

There’s no official timetable yet for Granderson’s return, but after talking to Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman the best guess from Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York is May 15.

For that to happen he’d likely to have to begin a minor-league rehab assignment at some point this week, because Granderson has indicated that he’d like around 50 at-bats to get ready. Granderson was initially given a 10-week recovery timetable on March 22, so he’s more or less on that track.

  1. randygnyc - May 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    They said those at bats can come in simulated games, not just minor league games. He can be back in a week or so if they fast track him.

  2. historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Yea, Grandy!

  3. uyf1950 - May 1, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    My guess is if that’s true it means Wells and Ichiro will split time in the outfield. It will also mean NO more Francisco as the Yankees DH. I would have to think Hafner will DH against right handed pitchers and Wells when he isn’t in the outfield he should get a lot of at bats as the DH against lefties. The biggest problem for the Yankees though is Wells is a CF’er as is Granderson. But that shouldn’t be an insurmountable problem.

    • kevinbnyc - May 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      At his current age/size, Vernon probably shouldn’t be playing CF.

      • mazblast - May 1, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        Yeah, I’d put Wells fourth on the center field chart, behind Granderson, Gardner, and Ichiro. Wells isn’t a bad defender in left, though.

  4. cackalackyank - May 1, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    I will be glad if he makes it back on something like the schedule originally announced. So far he would be the exception to the rule for NYY this season. I will also be glad if this ends Francisco’s and Boesch’s career in pinstripes.

  5. jwbiii - May 1, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    In unrelated Yankees news, Chien-Ming Wang will stick around for another month.

    http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aspt/201305010020.aspx

  6. cackalackyank - May 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Interesting how things change in translation. A quick read would have him throwing 137 pitches…but it seems more likely he threw 82 pitches, not 82 balls and 55 strikes. It is a nice 67% pitches thrown for strikes. I kinda almost hope we get to seem him in home pinstripes once more and that he does well.

    • cackalackyank - May 1, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      This is supposed to be a reply to jwbiii comment about Chien-Ming Wang.

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