The New York Yankees were hoping May 1 would be a realistic timeframe for Curtis Granderson to make his 2013 Major League Baseball debut. Unfortunately, it now looks doubtful that the outfielder will be able to stick to that schedule.
Granderson fractured his right forearm after he was hit by a pitch in Spring Training. The injury occurred against the Toronto Blue Jays on Feb. 24. The 10-week timeframe for the nine-year player gave a projected return of sometime around the first week of May. However, considering he has yet to swing a bat, it is very unlikely that he will be ready to play in two weeks.
“It’s a possibility, but I honestly don’t know,” Granderson told Yankees.com when asked about a May 1 return. “I haven’t swung yet, so that’s the tough thing. The sooner, the better.”
It is good that Granderson is optimistic he could be playing in the big leagues in a couple weeks, but it is also good that he is being realistic about the expectations. Understanding what he is and is not capable of is a huge help in the rehabilitation process.
“I’ve still got to get in games, got to get at-bats,” Granderson said. “That’s where the timetable kind of goes up and down real quick.”
The good news is the 32-year-old will be able to get consistent at-bats in New York’s extended spring games once he is ready.
Considering Granderson has not swung a bat since late February, he will need anywhere between 50 and 70 plate appearances in order to be ready for what is waiting for him in the majors. Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long believes once he has accomplished the quality at-bats, Granderson can make the move to the active roster.