Granderson cleared to resume throwing

Granderson cleared to resume throwing

CLEVELAND -- The protective brace was removed from Curtis Granderson's right wrist on Thursday, and the outfielder has been cleared to resume throwing. He sustained a fracture when he was hit by a pitch in the Yankees' first Spring Training game, on Feb. 24.

Granderson posted a photo of his wrist to his Facebook page on Thursday, writing, "Brace is finally off for non baseball activities. Another step closer!"

Manager Joe Girardi said the news represents a big step for Granderson.

"That means the bone has healed, and now it's just the rehab process and getting him to where he can play in some games and then getting him back here," Girardi said. "So that's real encouraging."

Granderson resumed throwing at the Yankees' Minor League complex in Tampa on Thursday and will soon progress to swinging a bat.

Shortstop Derek Jeter is also rehabbing in Tampa as he recovers from surgery on his left ankle and had a normal off-day on Thursday.

"I think he's OK," Girardi said. "I didn't get any alarming news."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.