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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Injury Roundup: Grandy 'pretty close'

By Andrew Marchand

Curtis Granderson is expected to be the first of the big-time Yankees to return from the disabled list.

"He's probably pretty close," Joe Girardi said.

With Kevin Youkilis being added to the DL, this seems as good a time as any to provide an update on each of the injured Yankees. From interviews with Girardi and Brian Cashman, we are providing our best guesses for when you could see each of the Yankees on the field.

Note, the Yankees are not setting dates, on or off the record, so these are the best guesses with the information I have available:

1. Curtis Granderson (fractured right wrist)

THE SKINNY: Granderson is in spring training mode, but very soon could be playing in games. He will need 50 rehab at-bats, he has said.

The Yankees could speed up the process by having Granderson play in some extended spring games in which Grandy could receive five at-bats in five innings, but however you slice it, it seems he will need at least seven-to-10 days worth of rehab.

He could be in rehab games by the end of the week or the weekend, Girardi said.

BEST GUESS: May 15

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2. Mark Teixeira (torn sheath in his wrist)

THE SKINNY: Teixeira is still only taking dry swings, which means he is not even making contact with a ball off a tee. In layman's terms, he is not close.

There is no telling when Teixeira will return, but, best case, it'll probably be late May when you consider he will have to have an extended rehab.

BEST GUESS: June 6

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3. Michael Pineda (shoulder surgery)

THE SKINNY: Cashman said everything is the same and the Yankees are still forecasting him for a possible June return.

"Unless he has some sort of setback, he should start his rehab assignment in early May," Cashman said.

BEST GUESS: June 15

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4. Derek Jeter (fractured ankle)

THE SKINNY: Jeter is with the team, but remains in a walking boot. The Yankees aren't revealing any plans about Jeter's rehab because it hasn't been decided yet. At the end of the homestand, the Yankees will decide if Jeter will remain in New York or return to Tampa for the next stage of his rehab.

BEST GUESS: After the All-Star break

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5. Alex Rodriguez (hip surgery)

THE SKINNY: Cashman said A-Rod is right on course. Girardi added, though, that he is not yet doing any baseball activity.

"He's getting stronger," Girardi said.

BEST GUESS: After the All-Star break

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6. Francisco Cervelli (fractured right hand)

THE SKINNY: Cervelli should be about six weeks and then he will need a rehab.

BEST GUESS: June 20

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7. Ivan Nova (triceps)

THE SKINNY: When Nova is better he is going to have to be stretched out in the minors.

BEST GUESS: If everything goes right, maybe May 20, but his injury is tough to predict.