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Curtis Granderson milestone: extended spring at-bats

Curtis Granderson stretches during a workout at spring

Curtis Granderson stretches during a workout at spring training in Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

Start the clock on Curtis Granderson's return.

The outfielder, who suffered a broken right forearm Feb. 24 in his first at-bat of the spring, appeared in an extended spring training game Wednesday in Tampa, Fla. "Had a couple of at-bats today," Joe Girardi said. "Would have been more but as Tampa can do, it rained."

Girardi didn't have further details but said that was OK.

"No news in a sense is good news," he said.

Girardi had said on Tuesday that Granderson returning within three weeks wasn't out of the question and he called Wednesday's game appearance "a good sign" toward that end.

Granderson said last week in Tampa he believed 50 at-bats was a good number to prepare him adequately for the majors.

Tex progress, too

Girardi said that Mark Teixeira (wrist) wasn't quite ready yet to take any form of batting practice, but apparently the first baseman is ahead of schedule. "Felt good hitting balls today," Teixeira tweeted just before 6 p.m. "I didn't make one out in the cage."

Youkilis optimistic

Kevin Youkilis received an epidural injection Tuesday for his back injury, which he said amounts to a bulging disc. He said he hopes to be back by May 13 when his DL stint ends, though he won't do any baseball activities for a week.

Yanks acquire Nelson

After the game, the Yankees announced they aquired infielder Chris Nelson from the Rockies for cash considerations or a player to be named. Nelson, 27, made 19 starts at third base for Colorado this season and batted .242 with no homers in 66 at-bats

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