Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 5/14/13
Outfielder Curtis Granderson became the first of the New York Yankees' injured stars to return to the lineup, rejoining the team 2 1/2 months after breaking his right forearm in his first at-bat of spring training. Granderson was activated from the disabled list and set to play left field and bat cleanup Tuesday night against Seattle. Not the easiest day for him to come back, either: Ace Felix Hernandez started for the Mariners. ''I'm ready to play,'' Granderson said. ''I'm as ready as I can be.'' Granderson took no more chances with future fractures, planning to wear an elbow guard and extra protection on the top of his hand. ''I'm padded up pretty well,'' he said. Still sidelined are shortstop Derek Jeter, first baseman Mark Teixeira and third baseman Alex Rodriguez. The All-Stars haven't played this season and while Teixeira could be back within a month, Jeter and A-Rod are likely out until the second half. Infielders Kevin Youkilis and Eduardo Nunez and catcher Francisco C...
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