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Aching Granderson gets a rest

Infielder Casey Kotchman of the Tampa Bay Rays

Infielder Casey Kotchman of the Tampa Bay Rays takes the throw at first as Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees gets back safely during the game at Tropicana Field. (July 18, 2011) Credit: Getty

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Joe Girardi left Tropicana Field Wednesday night fairly certain he’d give Curtis Granderson a rest last night. Yesterday’s phone conversation with the outfielder — who Girardi said had been “beat up” the previous two games — confirmed the plan.

“I asked how his foot was — good; shin — good; back — I want to take BP and see,” Girardi recalled. “That kind of gave me a heads-up it’s probably pretty sore.”

Granderson was hit in the left foot by a pitch Tuesday night, then had an even more painful Wednesday. He crashed into the centerfield wall while making a terrific catch, fouled a ball off his right calf area and took a 95-mph fastball from David Price between the shoulder blades.

He said his back still was a little sore but that he was available last night to pinch hit, pinch run or play defense. Granderson batted for Chris Dickerson and flied out to left to end the seventh, then struck out against Kyle Farnsworth to end the game.

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