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Granderson, Nix each play five innings in first rehab game with Tampa Yankees

Both men walk, score as Nix continues and Granderson begins rehab assignment
07/26/2013 1:17 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Curtis Granderson began a rehab assignment Thursday, marking his first game action since May 24.(AP)
Curtis Granderson and Jayson Nix took the next steps in their injury rehab Thursday night, with both men playing five innings for the Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees in their game against the Charlotte Stone Crabs at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Nix led off and Granderson hit second in the game, with each going 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored before leaving after their third plate appearances.

Granderson, who played left field on Thursday, was making his first official game appearance since breaking his pinkie in late May, while Nix moved up a level after making his rehab debut with the Rookie-level GCL Yankees 1 squad on Wednesday.

Neither recorded a putout or an assist, but Granderson did have two balls hit to left field and Nix did run the bases well in the third inning, seeming to show no ill effects from the strained hamstring that has kept him on the DL since July 3.

All of their offensive damage came in that third inning, and luckily, Granderson escaped some more physical damage in the frame, too. Ali Castillo singled to lead off the inning, with Nix walking (and then advancing to second on a wild pitch) before Granderson walked to load the bases. After a Mason Williams sac fly brought home Castillo, Nix would score (with Granderson moving to third) when Charlotte’s shortstop, Jake Hager, made a throwing error on a ground ball off the bat of catcher Gary Sanchez - an error that came when Hager's throw attempting to force Granderson at second hit the outfielder in the right biceps - and Granderson would score on a sac fly by DH Peter O'Brien one batter later.

“It’s good, no bruising, no issues,” Granderson said of his arm after the game, adding that his teammates joked that there was "a magnet on you right now with the ball."

Thursday’s game ended up being suspended in the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied 4-4, and the T-Yanks and Stone Crabs will finish that game prior to Friday’s scheduled contest. Both Granderson and Nix are expected to be with the T-Yanks through the weekend, with Nix for sure set to play seven innings at third in Friday's game.

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