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Curtis Granderson rejoins Yankees as left fielder and cleanup hitter

May 14, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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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.

  1. bigharold - May 14, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    The Yankees are 10 games over .500 and here comes the firepower.

  2. number42is1 - May 14, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    He’s got 38 games worth of SO’s to make up for… better get swinging!

  3. moe0594 - May 14, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Welcome back, but tough task ahead for him today facing King Felix…

    • Jeremy T - May 14, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      that’s a bold statement

  4. henryd3rd - May 14, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    His arrival is right on time; because Hafner now has a sore shoulder!

  5. papacrick - May 14, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Does Boesch have to pass through waivers? Just curious, not that anyone would want him aside from Houston maybe. Gotta be better than Ankiel right?

  6. aceshigh11 - May 15, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Gotta give the Yankees tons of credit for playing so well with most of their stars on the DL. Truly amazing…

    …as my Red Sox slide further into irrelevance. Ho hum.

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