Despite taking swings underwater, Curtis Granderson is still not ready to swing a bat in normal conditions. He had surgery on his left pinky six weeks ago and continues to rehab from the injury. However, Granderson is limited on his progress until he is able to swing a bat.
According to Josh Vitale of MLB.com, the Yankees feel Granderson could return to the team by the end of July. However, that timetable is dependent on when the All-Star outfielder is able to swing a bat. Manager Joe Girardi admits that the healing process has taken longer than most expected.
"It's probably not healing as quickly as I would like," Girardi said. 'I don't think that you can ever say, when you come from an injury like a broken hand, how long it's going to take. Maybe it's taking longer than we expected, but we didn't really put a time on it."
The Yankees have been unable to catch a break this season when it comes to injuries. Both Granderson and Mark Teixeira misses most of the first part of the season only to come back and promptly be injured again. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have not played a game yet this year. And even the replacement players have been injured. Fortunately, it seems the team will get Granderson back at some point this season, and it should come as the Yankees are getting increasingly healthier.
Granderson played in only eight games this season after coming off the DL for his forearm fracture. He then suffered the fractured pinky and went right back on the DL. The Yankees would love to have his power back in the lineup, though. Granderson is a career .262/.341/.492 hitter with 211 home runs.
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