Remember Curtis Granderson? The Yankees' outfielder, currently on his second DL stint with a broken bone, often seems like an afterthought, lost amid the relentless dialogue involving Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.
Then again, the glacial pace of Granderson's rehab from a fractured pinkie hasn't given the Yankees much to be excited about, and Brian Cashman indicated Friday that he's far from a return date.
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"He's not even taking batting practice yet," Cashman said. "He wasn't hitting off the tee yet. He was doing swings in the pool."
Granderson was expected to begin swinging Thursday, but only with either a broomstick or dry swings using a bat. He's been on the DL since May 25, which was only eight games after he returned from a two-month DL stay for a broken forearm suffered in spring training.
Joe Girardi has an idea of what Derek Jeter is dealing with. Girardi's career was ended by chronic back problems at 38, and he talked about how a player struggles with getting old in a demanding game.
"For me, I had to come to the realization that it was hard for me to stay healthy with my back issues," Girardi said. "Now my issues are much different than Derek's. I had lower-back issues. It could be as simple as picking up a coffee cup and my back would lock up and I'd be out for two weeks.
"It's difficult because your mind tells you can still do it every day. That's the hard part of dealing with it and it became real evident to me in my final year that that was it. I just couldn't stay healthy. And that's something a lot of players have to go through."