Curtis Granderson is targeting Friday at Yankee Stadium for his return to Joe Girardi's lineup. "That's what I'm hoping for," said Granderson, after taking batting practice with the Yankees at Citi Field. Sidelined since May 2 because of a left groin strain, Granderson was headed to Louisville on Friday night to join Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on a week-long rehab assignment.He may have been struggling prior to his injury, but getting him back in the lineup will be huge for this team.
"Hopefully, we'll get him sometime at the end of next week," Girardi said. Granderson is expected to serve as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's DH today. He'll play center field Sunday, and might DH a second time for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, which also has an off-day next week.
Granderson extensively worked in the outfield before Friday's Subway Series opener. "Considering nothing was negative, that speeded up the process for me a little bit," Granderson said. Under game conditions, he'll exert himself "as much as we can push it."
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I briefly mentioned this in last night's game thread but here's some more info on Granderson's return via Pete Caldera: