Earlier this week, it was reported that New York Yankees
outfielder Curtis Granderson had not yet begun swinging a bat, a pivotal first
step in his return from a broken left pinky. Granderson took this first step on
Thursday, swinging a pipe in the pool, according to Stephen Lorenzo of The New
York Daily News.
“I got in the pool with the pipe,” Granderson said. “I mean
it’s only 15 swings in the water, nothing to get overly excited about. But no
This is the second time Granderson is going through such a
process. Early in spring training, Granderson was hit by a pitch which resulted in a fractured forearm. He explained how the rehab process is similar, going
through the steps involved before he’s swinging a bat normally again.
“(The rehab is) very similar to what I did the last time,”
Granderson said. “I start with (the pipe), hopefully graduate to a short bat,
all in a pool, a weight on the short bat in the pool, then head outside. So
today was the first step of that, which is good. … I know I can’t jump into
batting practice right now, that wouldn't do me any good.”
At this point, there’s still no definite timeframe for
Granderson’s return. As you can see by the quotes above, he’ll have to progress
through several stages of swinging before he’s cleared to take batting
practice. Before that point, he won’t be eligible to go out on rehab assignment,
something he’ll be required to do considering his significant stretch off.
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