May 14, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT
After missing the first 38 games of the season with a fractured forearm Curtis Granderson is off the disabled list and in the Yankees’ lineup for tonight’s game against the Mariners, playing left field and batting cleanup.
Granderson went 8-for-20 (.400) with one homer on a brief minor-league rehab assignment, notching at least one hit in all five games he played at Triple-A. New York demoted Brennan Boesch to Triple-A yesterday to make room for Granderson, who’s expected to play primarily left field with Brett Gardner remaining in center field.
It’ll be interesting to see how manager Joe Girardi divvies up the playing time, because Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner have been two of the Yankees’ best hitters and Ichiro Suzuki has struggled. For tonight at least Hafner is on the bench with a sore shoulder, so the decision was made for him.
Granderson hit just .232 with 195 strikeouts last season, but smacked 43 homers and drew 75 walks in 160 games for an .811 OPS that ranked 25th among all outfielders.
- And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights 0
- Albert Pujols becomes 26th member of 500 home run club 28
- MLB suspends Martin Maldonado, Carlos Gomez, Travis Snider, and Russell Martin for Easter brawl 45
- “Respect the Game?” Phooey. 102
- The MLBPA is serious about investigating leaks to reporters regarding Stephen Drew, Kendrys Morales 32