Tuesday, May 14, 2013
By Jason Catania
UPDATE: The Yankees officially activated Granderson from the disabled list prior to Tuesday night's game against the Mariners. Granderson is playing left field and batting cleanup. Lefty pitcher Vidal Nuno has been sent down to Triple-A.
About 10 weeks after a pitch broke his right forearm, Curtis Granderson is on the verge of returning to the New York Yankees.
Granderson is 8-for-20 in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and could make it back to the Yanks in time for the start of Tuesday's series with the Mariners, Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reported Monday night.
While Granderson led the team in homers each of the past two seasons, the Yankees outfield has actually been performing rather well without him so far, particularly late-spring acquisition Vernon Wells (.299 BA, 9 HRs).
Granderson is expected to handle left field rather than center, where Brett Gardner is playing.
There will be a bit of a clog once Granderson returns, as Wells and Ichiro Suzuki will also need time in the outfield corners, and Travis Hafner has been the regular DH. In all likelihood, the righty-hitting Wells would get most of his action against lefties, while the Yanks rest one of Hafner, Granderson or Ichiro.