Long will work to refine Granderson's swing

Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson is 3-for-29 (.103) in Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson is 3-for-29 (.103) in the his last 11 games and his season average has dipped to .239. Photo Credit: David Pokress

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ARLINGTON, Texas - Curtis Granderson expressed to hitting coach Kevin Long Tuesday afternoon what many Yankees fans have been asking.

"He said, how much worse can it get?" Long said before last night's game. "I agree."

And so began the process of what Long called "a total reformation" of Granderson's swing.

Long's goal is the kind of overhaul he executed last offseason with Nick Swisher, who decided after a poor postseason some kind of change was in order.

For Granderson, a .238 batting average with a .306 on-base percentage - .206 and .243 against lefthanders - was enough to spur the discussion.

"Every once in a while you're going to have a teaching moment where someone says, I'm ready," Long said. "And this is one of those times. Last year it happened to Swisher in the playoffs."

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The difference, Long said, is Swisher had an entire offseason to implement the changes. Granderson will have to do it in the final weeks of the season.

Long wants to "quiet" Granderson's swing. "We're trying to shorten his swing," Long said. "We're going to get it as short and compact as possible."

Granderson came into last night with a .300 average against the Rangers' Cliff Lee, but Long asked Joe Girardi for another day to work on the changes.

Rusty Aceves

Girardi said Alfredo Aceves was "not sharp" in his first rehab game Tuesday night in Scranton, walking two and striking out one in two-thirds of an inning, but that wasn't surprising.

"He hadn't thrown since really May 1," Girardi said.

Aceves will make another rehab appearance Friday night in Double-A Trenton.

Extra bases

Mark Teixeira, who missed both games here to be with his wife, Leigh, who gave birth to the couple's third child, will rejoin the team Thursday . . . Andy Pettitte is on schedule to throw a simulated game in Tampa Thursday. Should he come through it OK he'll make a rehab start either Monday or Tuesday.

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