Granderson nears rehab assignment

Granderson nears rehab assignment

NEW YORK -- Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson is ready to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a rehab assignment as he makes his way back to the big league lineup from a left groin strain.

Granderson has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 2 with the injury, which he suffered while running the bases against the White Sox.

Granderson brought his bags with him to Citi Field on Friday, and with a flight booked out of New York's LaGuardia Airport, he is scheduled to join Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in time for Saturday's game at Louisville.

"For the most part, I'm excited to get out there," Granderson said. "Nothing really is bothering me -- as much as we can push it without a game situation, without fans in the stands. But those things feel good -- the baserunning, hitting, throwing, fielding -- all those things feel good."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Granderson would probably play in five of six games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with some designated-hitter duty mixed in.

"He's doing great," Girardi said. "Hopefully we get him sometime at the end of next week if everything goes right."

Granderson said that he expects to DH in his first game for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and then play the outfield in his second game.

"I'm excited about how everything feels," Granderson said. "From lifting to treatment, before and after, coming to the ballpark, leaving the ballpark -- all those different things feel good."

-- Bryan Hoch