While the Yankees and White Sox are playing the rubber match of their three-game set, Joel Sherman has an update on the various injured Yankees. A-Rod, he says, is out of the lineup with “pain behind the right knee.” According to The Post scribe, this pain forced Joe Girardi to pinch run for A-Rod yesterday in the 9th, but the Yankees do not consider the injury serious. Look for A-Rod to return to the lineup on Monday against the Orioles. I wonder if this pain has been impacting A-Rod’s ability to drive off his back leg while at bat.
On the Curtis Granderson front, the Yanks were “more upbeat about Curtis Granderson’s MRI results than they anticipated being” and hope that the center fielder could return in three weeks. Since Curtis’ ability is tied in with his speed, though, the Yanks will hold him back until he’s fully healthy. While Mark Melancon got the call today, the team is planning to activate one-time first-round draft pick Greg Golson once the bullpen is more rested than it has been lately.