Granderson poised to come off the DL, Nunez will go on, and Nova has a setback

New York Yankees Curtis Granderson

It never ends with the Yankees injuries this season. I feel like injuries are at least half of what I write about, but there is finally some good news — Curtis Granderson is poised to come off the DL on Tuesday.

Granderson, who admits that he is still not quite at 100 percent, is expected to stay with Triple-A Scranton through the rest of its homestand, but he could be activated on Tuesday when Scranton goes on the road.

I expected that Granderson would need more time to rehab, but the Yankees lineups have been extremely weak lately and even 90 percent of Granderson is better than 100 percent of Bren Francisco. Besides, the rest of the outfield is hitting well so they could still get him regular rest.

It is interesting that Granderson has played so much left and right field while he rehabs. Expect that to continue once he returns to the Yankees because Joe Girardi likes Brett Gardner in center.

Of course, we can’t bring up Yankees injury news without some bad news — Ivan Nova had  a setback and Eduardo Nunez was placed on the DL.

Nova was eligible to come off the DL today and was listed as a possible candidate to pitch in tomorrow’s doubleheader against the Indians. However, Girardi told reporters that he felt something in his left side while playing catch and is no longer in consideration of coming off the DL.

Phelps will continue to pitch in Nova’s spot in the rotation. Brett Marshall is rumored to be the one who will be promoted to start against the Indians in the second game of the doubleheader. Marshall has a 4.60 ERA, a 8.3 K/9, and a 6.0 BB/9 in 31.1 innings at Triple-A this season.

Nunez has been out since last Sunday and wasn’t getting to the point where he was close to returning. The Yankees will replace him with the Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, who was acquired from the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash on Friday. To make room for Gonzalez on the 40-man roster, the Yankees are placing Mark Teixeira on the 60-day DL.

There was no setback in Teixeira, by the way. His stint on the DL was backdated to March 22nd. This merely means that he is ineligible to come off the DL by May 22nd and that wasn’t going to happen anyway. Early June still seems like a likely return for Teixeira.

Gonzalez is a 30-year-old former Yankee who has hit .241/.279/.319 in 413 career major league games. He’s a slick fielder who has had a UZR/150 as high as 33.4 during his career.

OTHER NOTES

• The Yankees have, finally, sent Dellin Betances to the bullpen permanently. At one point Betances was one of the Yankees top prospects, but his lack of control has really damaged his career. The Yankees didn’t want to give up on him as a starter, but he’s out of options so if he’s not on the team out of spring training next year they are going to lose him anyway and this seems to be the only way he’ll make the team next year. He has a 5.47 ERA, a 9.6 K/9, and a 5.8 BB/9 in 26.1 innings this year.

• In other big minor league news, the Yankees are expected to call up David Adams when he’s eligible on May 15 and they plan on playing him regularly. Adams is hitting .314/.404/.477 in 24 games at Triple-A this year.

• Robinson Cano fouled a ball off his foot against the A’s and then reinjured the same foot with an awkward slide against the Rockies so he went in for a x-ray which came back negative. He’s fine and is in today’s lineup. Just a precaution.

• Joba Chamberlain, out with an oblique injury, threw a pain free bullpen on Friday. He’s going to throw again today and then will start a rehab assignment as long as there are no setbacks.

• Chien-Ming Wang has been pitching well in the minors, but the Yankees aren’t close to calling him up. He has three more starts before his next opt-out date.

• Cesar Cabral is getting close to pitching in a rehab assignment. Once he does the Yankees must call him up within 30 days. If they don’t he will become a free agent as a two-time Rule 5 guy.

• Some minor league transactions: Gil Velazquez, Cody Johnson, and Ryan Pope have been released. Thomas Neal was activated from the DL.

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3 Responses to Granderson poised to come off the DL, Nunez will go on, and Nova has a setback

  1. brian says:

    Good news on Granderson…

    I seem to be in the minority here… but maybe a guy with a -.6 fwar and -.8bwar ALREADY this season (speaking of Nunez) not playing anymore isn't such a bad thing

    It's become obvious to me that as long as Cano is healthy, Gardner is healthy (for his defense, not the leadoff spot)… and CC Sabathia is healthy… other guys shuffling to and from the DL isn't such a big deal

    They shouldn't be 23-13 right now… probly more like 21-15… but even that would have them in solid contending position

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