When the New York Yankees take the field on Tuesday, May 14,
to play the Seattle Mariners, they will finally have the bat of slugger Curtis
Granderson in the lineup. MLB.com’s Joey
Nowak reports that Granderson has completed his rehab assignment and will
play left field in Yankees stadium tonight. He will also hit fourth in the
Granderson missed almost all of Spring Training and has not
played a single regular-season game due to a fractured right wrist that he
suffered in his first Spring Training at bat. In five rehab games with Triple-A
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Granderson hit .400 (8 for 20) with a home run.
When the season began, many wondered how the Yankees would
fare without Granderson and other injured stars. As Granderson returns, the Yankees
lead the American League East by one game over the Baltimore Orioles and
two over the Boston Red Sox. They are ninth in runs scored, so Granderson could
help boost the offensive output. He
is a run producer. Even though he hit only .232 last year, he did blast 43
home runs and drive in 106 runs for the Bronx Bombers.
Granderson’s return is the first of many highly anticipated
returns. They Yankees also await the returns of slugging first baseman Mark Teixeira in June, shortstop and captain Derek Jeter in July, and third baseman Kevin Youkilis and reliever Joba
Chamberlain any day now. Alex Rodriguez has also resumed baseball activities
and looks to come back soon after the All-Star break.
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