The New York Yankees offense will get a much needed shot into the arm on Friday night when one of their power bats will finally return to the lineup.
Curtis Granderson will be activated off the disabled list, a stint that has lasted over two months, and will be in the lineup for the Yankees when they take on the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Friday night.
Granderson has been on the DL since May 25 when he suffered a broken hand getting plunked by a fastball in game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. It was the second time that the Yankees outfielder had landed on the DL during the season, as he was plunked on the forearm in a spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays, an injury that cost him two months of time. Granderson first made his debut for the team on May 14.
Over the last week, Granderson has been participating in a minor-league rehab assignment for the Yankees, with his latest stop at Class-AA in Trenton, where he went 1-for-3 on Wednesday and went 4-for-15 in five rehab games.
In the eight games that the 32-year-old Granderson has been available for, he has hit .250 with one home run and one RBI for the Yankees. The Yankees made a much needed move to their offense last week when they acquired Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs for a minor-league pitcher, a move that should bolster the offense going forward in the season.
Adding Granderson back will definitely help an offense in search of some depth and allow Yankees manager Joe Girardi to shift around Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki in the lineup and in the field, as someone will likely be moved to play more games in the designated hitter spot, especially with Travis Hafner on the DL with a shoulder injury.
Over the last two seasons, Granderson has been the team leader in home runs and has hit the most in the majors during that time period. In 2011, he hit .262 with 41 home runs, 119 RBI and finished third in the American League MVP voting. In 2012, despite hitting just .232, Granderson still hit 43 home runs and 106 RBI.
The Yankees have slowly gotten some players back into the lineup along with the acquisition of Soriano; the Yankees also activated Derek Jeter off the disabled list this past Sunday and now, will get a major bat back into the lineup when Granderson returns and will provide Soriano and Robinson Cano with some much needed protection in the order.
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