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Curtis Granderson goes 2-for-4 in third rehab game

May 12, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

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If everything continues to go smoothly, Curtis Granderson could be back in a Yankees uniform for Tuesday night’s series-opener against the Mariners.

The veteran outfielder went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Saturday night at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It was his third minor league rehab game and he came out of it feeling fine. Granderson is now 4-for-12 (.333) with a home run and three RBI since being cleared last week for live minor league action.

Granderson has been on the shelf since fracturing his right forearm in a late-February Grapefruit League game. He hit .232/.319/.492 with 43 home runs and 106 RBI in 160 games last season for New York.

The Yankees seem likely to keep Brett Gardner in center field and shift Granderson to left.

  1. jwbiii - May 12, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    So who hits the bench when he comes back? Wells and Hafner are playing well. End of the line for Ichiro (with another year on his contract)?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 12, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Ichiro/Granderson/Gardner are all lefties, can just platoon them in with Wells and play the hot hand?

      • bigharold - May 12, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        And mix in the DH slot.

      • Kevin S. - May 12, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        Yeah, I think they just rotate five guys through four spots. Hafner can’t exactly play every day.

  2. ramitbaby - May 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    I’d tell Hafner to take his old first baseman’s glove out of storage and move Overbay to the bench. He isn’t having a bad year but he certainly makes less than any other candidate. And if Cashman isn’t working the trade lines, he’s an idiot.

    • bigharold - May 12, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      “..tell Hafner to take his old first baseman’s glove out of storage ..”

      As someone who watched Jason Giambi play 1B for the Yankees for years, .. No!

      Aside from the fact that wouldn’t alleviate the logjam in the OF you risk Hafner’s overall health. His biggest issue recently is staying off the DL. And, being in first place in the AL East doesn’t call for drastic measures. The Yankees can afford to bide their time and finesse the situation to see what presents itself.

      “.. if Cashman isn’t working the trade lines, he’s an idiot.”

      Recent history of Cashman’s trade and FA signings is evidence od his acumen as a GM.

  3. cackalackyank - May 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    I am glad to hear that (so far) Grandy is hitting for average. It is hard for me to believe I’m saying this but I really do not want to see Wells lose any playing time in this situation. I think it should be the end of the line for Boesch and/or Francisco,though. I think right now this situation will be easier to work through than the infield. There are going to be some tough decisions coming when Tex, Youk, A-Rod are all healthy. Overbay would figure to come out on the sort end at first look, but he is producing at the plate. I will not lie..this is not the problem I thought NYY would be facing.

    • bigharold - May 12, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      I think Francisco is history and eventually Overbay too. Overbay deserves better but he’s a 1B while Youkilis can play 3B too.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 12, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        Francisco is gone as soon as Adams or Granderson get called up. Per Mark Feinsand, Adams will be called up on Wednesday when he’s eligible to be.

  4. jerze2387 - May 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Vernon wells to 3B

    • bigharold - May 12, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      I hear he has an amazing fielding percentage at 3B.

  5. insidefastball - May 12, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Francisco has to be close to the point where the Yankees just cut him loose. Also, given Hafner’s history, it is only a matter of time before he hits the DL anyway. So, I don’t see roster space being a problem. Overbay is playing too well defensively and getting too many timely hits to consider something strange like putting Hafner or Wells at 1st.

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