CLEVELAND — As the New York Yankees head home after an eight-game road trip, they may be rejoined by outfielder Curtis Granderson who has played masterfully during his rehabilitation from a fractured forearm which was suffered in late-February.
“We’ll see,” said manager Joe Girardi following the Yankees’ doubleheader split vs. the Indians. “I’ll talk to [general manager Brian Cashman] on what the plans are with Curtis. I know he’s playing tonight. We’ll see where we’re at.”
Granderson, set to play in his fifth rehab game on Monday night, has had at least one hit in all four of his minor-league previous rehab games, including three hits on Sunday. He is batting .412 with a homer at Triple-A Scranton.
Barring a late setback, Granderson could come off the disabled list and rejoin the Yankees’ lineup against the Mariners. If so, Granderson will have missed 38 games with the big league squad after initially being given a 10-week recovery timetable in late February.
“I’ve always said, ‘when Grandy feels that he’s ready, then come on,’ said Girardi. “We want him back in our lineup and if he feels that he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go. Whenever the conversation takes place, we’re open arms.”
The Yankees optioned outfielder Brennan Boesch prior to Monday afternoon’s finale against the Indians. Activating Granderson will mean that Boesch will have even fewer opportunities for at-bats with the big league club, so his demotion it is something that the 28-year-old is at peace with knowing that he cannot improve from his current .205 batting average without getting consistent at-bats.
“This is the role I was given,” said Boesch. “My goal is to be an everyday player. Getting every day at-bats is the first step.”
Granderson, meanwhile, has played all three outfield positions with Scranton. Where he plays in the Yankee outfield upon his return will depend on the three-time All-Star’s comfort level.
“I want to talk to Curtis face-to-face about how he feels playing the different positions,” said Girardi. “The great thing about our outfielders -- the other three -- is that they all can play different positions too. So I want to talk to Curtis face-to-face, see how he felt, and then we’ll make decisions.”
The 32-year-old Granderson is coming off of back-to-back 40-plus home run seasons as a member of the Yankees.