Granderson near rehab stint; Tex targets June

Granderson near rehab stint; Tex targets June

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are hopeful that Curtis Granderson will rejoin their lineup at some point in May, but it seems likely that Mark Teixeira will have to wait until June.

Granderson is continuing to take batting practice at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla., and he could soon progress to Minor League rehabilitation games, as manager Joe Girardi said that Granderson is "pretty close" to full action.

The same cannot be said for Teixeira, who has been taking dry swings for nearly two weeks but has not received clearance to advance. As such, Girardi said that he does not expect to have the first baseman back before the end of May.

"He hasn't even started taking batting practice or hitting off a tee yet," Girardi said. "To me, [a May return] would be pretty rushed, in my mind."

Teixeira had circled May 1 as a possible return date, but he backed off that projection last week.

"Still swinging, working up to full speed," Teixeira tweeted on Tuesday. "I never realized how hard and violent I swung until I got hurt. Getting better but need patience!"

Girardi said that he expects to see Granderson cleared to play in extended spring games shortly, and the outfielder is also likely to play in games for at least one of the Yanks' Minor League farm affiliates.

"I anticipate that it's going to be fairly soon," Girardi said. "I'm going to listen to what they have to say about him today, I'll listen to what they say about him tomorrow and see if it's possible by the weekend, late this week or early next week. But he is getting closer."

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.