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Granderson Hoping To Return To Yankees Lineup In A Month

Yankees Hoping To Have Trio Of Granderson, Jeter And Teixeira Back In May
Curtis Granderson (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Curtis Granderson (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson could resume throwing next week as part of his rehabilitation program for a broken right forearm.

Granderson said Saturday he will have follow-up X-rays Tuesday. He also hopes to be cleared to start swinging a fungo bat.

The slugger, who led New York with 43 homers last season, broke an arm when he was hit by a pitch from Toronto’s J.A. Happ in his first at-bat of spring training on Feb. 24. Granderson could rejoin the Yankees next month.

Meanwhile, Derek Jeter is getting closer to a return. CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman believes Jeter will be back in the Yankees’ lineup by May 1.

Jeter, still recovering from left ankle surgery last October, did limited field work for the second consecutive day. The shortstop fielded 41 grounders hit directly at him near the left-field fence at a distance roughly equal of playing in front of the infield dirt. He also hit off a tee in a batting cage and played catch, including long toss.

First baseman Mark Teixeira told reporters in late March that he’s planning on returning on May 1.

Do you think Granderson will give the Yankees a big boost when he returns? Sound off with your thoughts and comments below…

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