Curtis Granderson is officially back, but that tough question as to which outfielder sits in his absence may not be as big a deal as it seemed a few days ago because Travis Hafner could be out for a little while with pain in his right shoulder.
The Yankees sent him for a MRI, which came back clear, but Joe Girardi said after the game that he received a cortisone shot and will miss at least a few games. He isn’t expected to be placed on the DL though.
This could potentially be a big deal. It’s the same shoulder that had to be surgically repaired in 2008 which also caused him to miss time in 2009 and 2010. Perhaps now we know why he’s been struggling lately too. In his last 10 games he’s hit just .133/.257/.167.
In the meantime the Yankees outfield situation is not an issue. Vernon Wells DH’d last night with Granderson in left and Brett Gardner in center. I expect it will be like that most nights with Grandy occasionally DH’ing as well (although he looked solid in left Tuesday).
• To make room on the roster for Granderson, the Yankees optioned Vidal Nuno back to the minors. That leaves Brett Marshall still on the team which makes sense because Nuno pitched five innings the other day and won’t be any use to the Yankees over the next couple of days.
• David Adams is expected to be called up today and is expected to be the regular third baseman while Kevin Youkilis sits on the DL. Adams, 26, is hitting .316/.407/.490 in 27 games at Triple-A so far this season. Of those 27 games, 23 have come at third base where he has two errors.
• Joba Chamberlain, strained oblique, pitched in a minor league rehab game Tuesday night. He threw 12 pitches, nine for strikes, and gave up two hits during a scoreless inning. He’s eligible to come off the DL anytime now and it very well could be that he only needs one rehab appearance.
• Cesar Cabral also started a rehab stint, although it’s definitely going to be longer than Joba’s. He now has 30-days for the Yankees to put him on the roster or, because he’s a two time Rule 5 guy, make him a free agent where they could possibly re-sign him and stash him in Triple-A.
• The Yankees bullpen has a 0.77 ERA in May and hasn’t given up a run in the last 23.2 innings.
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