Curtis Granderson Injury: Updates on Yankees Star's Hand

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst IMay 24, 2013

The New York Yankees will welcome outfielder Curtis Granderson back into the lineup after an injury has forced him out of action for much of the 2013 season.


UPDATE: Friday, August 2, at 6:55 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

From ESPN's Wallace Matthews:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 31, at 4:45 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford's Bryan Hoch brings the latest report on Granderson:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 31, at 3:00 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford reporter Mike Ashmore has a Granderson update:


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UPDATE: Sunday, July 28, at 12 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Wall Street Journal's Daniel Barbarisi has the latest on Curtis Granderson's return to the Yankees:

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 28, at 10:15 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Sportsradio 66 WFAN's Sweeny Murti has the latest on Curtis Granderson from teammate Jayson Nix:

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UPDATE: Friday, July 26, at 12:05 p.m. Et by Sam Westmoreland

Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News has the latest on Granderson's rehab starts. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 24, at 5:50 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

ESPN's Wallace Matthews provides an encouraging update on Curtis Granderson's status:

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 UPDATE: Friday, July 19, at 10:25 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Ken Rosenthal has the latest updates on Granderson's status, and when he could begin his rehab start. 

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UPDATE: Monday, July 15, at 4:23 p.m ET by Tom Kinslow

Matt Ehalt of has an update from Curtis Granderson on his rehab and possible return.

"We're getting close. I started hitting in the cage recently and doing some stuff soft toss," Granderson said at his Grand Kids Foundation luncheon in Manhattan on Monday. "I have been throwing. I've been running. I've been doing all my defense. Just got to get the baseball stuff underneath me in terms of hitting, getting on the field and playing and then get back up here to York."

Granderson began swinging the bat a few days ago after going through work in a swimming pool, and once that was completed he progressed to doing tee and soft toss. The outfielder had to wait four to six weeks after surgery before he could start rehab and therapy work.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman also said last week that Granderson could return in early August, but the outfielder is hopeful he will return to the starting lineup before then. The Yankees lineup sorely misses Granderson's power, as he hit a combined 84 homers over the last two years.

"We'll take him when he's ready," Cashman said. "If pressed about when, I'd probably say early August. If sooner than that, that would be a gift from above."

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 29, at 4:27 p.m ET by Eric Ball

A pin has been inserted into Granderson's hand and he is projected to miss at least four weeks according to Bryan Hoch of

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UPDATE: Saturday, May 25, at 1 p.m ET by Michael Cahill's Bryan Hoch is reporting that Granderson is headed to the DL:

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UPDATE: Friday, May 24, at 10:46 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to reporter Bryan Hoch, Granderson will miss a minimum of four weeks:

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UPDATE: Friday, May 24, at 9:50 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to New York Daily News reporter Mark Feinsand, Granderson has a fracture in the fifth metacarpal of his left pinky finger:

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Hit on the left hand by a pitch in the top half of the fifth inning by Rays reliever Cesar Ramos, Granderson did not return to the outfield for the bottom half of the frame. 

ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted as Granderson left the lineup:

Bryan Hoch of then reported that Ichiro had replaced Granderson in right field:

Granderson was originally forced out of the lineup prior to the season after a fastball thrown by Toronto Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ drilled him on the right forearm

As Jack Curry later noted on Twitter, the way teammates were patting him on the back in the dugout could indicate a serious malady that will need attention in the next few days:

He made his return to the lineup on May 14 against the Seattle Mariners, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his first MLB action of the 2013 season. 

Playing in seven other games since, Granderson had seven hits (one home run) in 26 at-bats heading into Friday night's showdown with Tampa Bay. He was 0-for-2 when he exited with the hand injury, but did come around to score in the fifth after being struck. 

Granderson is a career .262 hitter and has 211 home runs during his time in the pros. 

Traded to the Yankees prior to the 2010 season, Granderson had no problem staying healthy during his first three seasons in pinstripes. He played in 156 and 160 games, respectively, during the past two seasons and was an All-Star in both. 

He also led the league in runs scored and RBI during the 2011 campaign.

As Olney noted on Twitter, this would be the definition of bad luck for the Grandy Man if he is forced to return to the disabled list due to an injury that is similar in nature to the one that originally forced him out of the lineup:

After Granderson exited the game and headed to the locker room after the inning, all we can do now is await the news of further tests on his left hand to see what the diagnosis might be.