Via David Satriano: Curtis Granderson confirmed he has recently started hitting in the batting cage after being limited to dry swings last week. “Shouldn’t be too long. We’re getting close. I started hitting in the cage recently and doing some soft-toss … I’ve been doing all my defense. We just gotta get the baseball stuff underneath me in terms of hitting, getting back out on the field and playing, and get back up here to New York,” said Granderson, who is rehabbing from a broken left hand.
Brian Cashman told Satriano he doesn’t expect his power-hitting
center corner outfielder back until early-August, which makes sense. It’s already mid-July and the process of going from hitting in the cage and off soft-toss to taking live batting practice and eventually playing in minor league rehab games is probably a two-week thing, at least. The current Yankees team has very little power — they’ve hit 18 homers in their last 35 games, an 83-homer pace over a full season — so Granderson will be an enormous upgrade to the offense despite his other warts. He can’t come back soon enough.