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NEW YORK -- New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson was forced to leave Saturday's 4-3 win with mild tendinitis in a tight right hamstring after striking out in the second inning of a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
He could be back as early as Sunday.
"We will have to see how he feels," manager Joe Girardi said.
An MRI revealed the extent of the injury Saturday, showing no signs of a strain or tear in the hamstring.
Granderson said he initially felt something while running out to his position prior to the top of the first inning. He got through the first inning and a half, but felt something again prior to his first at-bat.
Granderson told Girardi and the training staff that he thought he could play through the injury, but they were concerned that he might further aggravate it while going hard for a ball in the field or trying to score from first base, so they elected to pull him from the game.
Granderson said the at-bat had no affect on the injury.
"It's good," Granderson said of the MRI results. "But the good thing is even prior to that I didn't feel a pop or a snap or anything like that. Something just didn't feel right. I'm day to day. Probably not as soon as tomorrow, but it could be, so that's really good news."
Rodriguez, rehabbing from a broken hand in Tampa, may be back against the Rays as early as Monday. Teixeira, out with a calf strain, won't return until later this week, at the earliest.
Granderson hasn't been much help lately. In his last 22 games, he is hitting .176 with 23 strikeouts. He entered Saturday hitting .235 with 34 homers and 79 RBIs. When he left the game, his 159 strikeouts were tied for second in all of baseball.
Information from ESPNNewYork.com special contributor Mike Mazzeo was used in this report.
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