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Curtis Granderson's pinkie healing slowly

Curtis Granderson looks on during the game against

Curtis Granderson looks on during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (June 22, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Curtis Granderson's broken left pinkie isn't healing quite as quickly as the Yankees would like. As of Monday, the outfielder hasn't done anything beyond swinging a weighted bat under water.

"Maybe it's taking a little longer than we expected, but we didn't really put a time on it," manager Joe Girardi said.

General manager Brian Cashman has said the end of July is a possibility for Granderson's return, and Girardi didn't discount that. "Once he starts hitting, I think it will go pretty quick," he said.

Granderson missed the first 38 games of the season with a broken right forearm. Upon returning, he suffered the broken pinkie in his eighth game and went back on the DL May 25.

Another new faceWith no viable options -- either in the big leagues or in their system -- behind Lyle Overbay at first base, the Yankees signed Travis Ishikawa off waivers Sunday from the Orioles. He was in the starting lineup Monday night.

"I think it's important," Girardi said of getting Overbay a break. "Physically, this is a grind."

Ishikawa appeared in six games with the Orioles, going 2-for-17, before getting designated for assignment June 29.

"I'm at a loss for words right now," said Ishikawa, 29. "I'm just really excited to get out there."

Rookie infielder David Adams, who hit .190 in 35 games, most of them at third base, was sent back to Triple-A.

"The way we saw it is, this kid is someone that we expect to be a player here for a while," Girardi said. "For him not to play every day didn't make sense to us. We want him to go play and be ready to help us when we need him."

Extra basesAlex Rodriguez's next rehab game will be Tuesday for Class A Tampa . . . The Yankees entered Monday night 14-3 against the AL Central.

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