ST. PETERSBURG -- Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson took 15 swings in a batting cage on Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., as he continues to move toward returning to game action.
Granderson's next step in recovering from his fractured right wrist would be to take batting practice on the field, and then the Yankees could move him to action in extended spring games.
The Yankees have said that Granderson could return in the first week of May. First baseman Mark Teixeira is also rehabbing a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist and could return in May, but manager Joe Girardi said that he would expect to see Granderson return first.
"I think Curtis is ahead of him," Girardi said. "To me, I'm not surprised by that. The wrist is a tricky thing, but let's hope Curtis is ahead of him."
Girardi joked that he would petition the Commissioner's Office in an attempt to use four outfielders when Granderson returns, but he acknowledged that Granderson's return will impact the current roster.
"I try to worry about it when it happens instead of now, because there's a lot that can happen," Girardi said. "It will be a good problem to have."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.