DENVER - Though Joe Girardi didn't have a specific timetable for his return to the Yankees' lineup, Curtis Granderson is making significant progress to that end.
Before Wednesday night's game, Girardi said the outfielder, who suffered a broken right forearm when he was hit by a pitch Feb. 24, is headed to Scranton / Wilkes-Barre to begin a rehab assignment with the Triple-A club after getting at-bats in a handful of extended spring games in Tampa, Fla., much of the past week.
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"Everything so far is going well," Girardi said. "He'll pick it up in Scranton. He won't get as many at-bats every day but he'll see more competitive pitching and it will be a little more of a normal routine for him."
Girardi said Granderson playing nine-inning games isn't the most important aspect of his rehab.
"I'm a believer a guy doesn't have to play nine innings," Girardi said. "As long as they're playing seven back-to-back-to-back, I'm OK with that."
In an extended spring game Wednesday, Granderson was given an at-bat in each of the first four innings. He hit a 2-and-2 fastball over the fence in the second for his lone hit.
"He was wild," Girardi said. "I think he had four walks . . . velocity was good but I don't think he was extremely sharp."