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Yankees Camp Notes: Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter update their conditions

03/26/2013 4:15 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Curtis Granderson said he has not yet been cleared for baseball activity. (AP)
Vernon Wells officially became a Yankee on Tuesday, acquired from the Angels (along with cash considerations) for two Minor Leaguers, OF Exicardo Cayones and LHP Kramer Sneed. The official announcement came roughly 90 minutes after Wells arrived in Tampa and met with the media, saying it was an “honor” and a “dream come true” to be with the Bombers.

The man Wells will essentially replace for the time being, Curtis Granderson, also spoke to the media Tuesday, saying his fractured arm “feels better” and is healing nicely, and he is right on track in his recovery timetable. Granderson was set to run and stretch with the team today, but said he has not been cleared to begin any baseball activity as of yet and will remain in Tampa to rehab when the team breaks camp and heads north later this week.

Meanwhile, another injured Yankee who will miss Opening Day, Derek Jeter, said he has come to terms with the fact that he will likely start the season on the DL, and is “disappointed” he won’t be able to make his 17th Game No. 1 start as in pinstripes.

“I told you guys all along, my goal was to be ready on Opening Day and I didn’t reach it…it’s disappointing,” Jeter said. “I ran out of days.”

The Captain also said that this is only a setback in terms of being ready for opening day but not a one in the recovery process, saying what’s happening with his ankle is “a normal part of recovery,” and that he’s now focused on the bigger task of being ready for the 161 games after April 1.

“As hard as it is sometimes, you have to try to look at the big picture,” Jeter said. “My goal was to be ready Opening Day, but the goal also is to be ready for the season. I pushed it to try to get to Opening Day and it didn’t work out, but I still have to be ready for the majority of the season.”

Jeter was scheduled to have only treatment on Tuesday, and is not sure of his schedule going forward.

Other news items from around Yankees Camp:

-Tuesday was the deadline for the Yankees to either release Juan Rivera, put him on the 40-man roster, or give him a $100,000 retention bonus to keep him on his Minor League deal through Opening Day; Rivera is in tonight’s lineup and still appears to be the favorite to play first base on April 1, so there is likely the first $100K of the Yankees’ 2013 payroll officially on the books, although the Yankees did officially announce the signing of Lyle Overbay to a Minor League deal later in the afternoon.

-In the Yankees’ official release on Wells, there was no word on how the team will make room for him, saying only that a “reciprocal 40-man roster move will be announced at a later time.” LHP Cesar Cabral was placed on the 60-day DL earlier in the day to accommodate newly-claimed RHP Dan Otero, so the Yankees will have to potentially say goodbye to someone to give Wells a roster spot.

-Speaking of that move, it’s entirely possible Otero himself could be the one DFA’ed in the Wells transaction. Out of 29 teams that had a chance to claim Otero when he was waived by the Giants, the Yankees had 27th waiver priority, ahead of only Washington and Cincinnati; thus, if no one else claimed him earlier, it stands to reason the Yankees have a pretty good chance of getting him through waivers again.

-Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times Tribune is at the Yankees’ Minor League complex and reported that Dellin Betances left today’s Triple-A game with a leg injury of some sort. Collins first Tweeted that Betances took a comebacker off his lower leg, but later amended that by Tweeting that “Sounds like Betances didn't get hit with comebacker. May have turned ankle though.” Either way, an injury to Betances would leave a big hole in Scranton’s rotation, especially if Adam Warren or Vidal Nuno ends up coming north with the Yankees as a long reliever to begin the season.

-David Phelps will start Wednesday’s game against the Orioles in Sarasota, while Phil Hughes will start a Minor League game back in Tampa; no word yet on whether Hughes will start the season on the DL or not and theoretically open a rotation spot for Phelps, but both men are on schedule to be able to pitch on full rest on April 6.

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