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Granderson, A-Rod progress, Cervelli backtracks

Granderson could join Yankees as early as Friday, Cervelli to receive second opinion
07/31/2013 6:24 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Granderson, who has been out since late-May after breaking his pinky, could return Friday when the team travels to San Diego.(AP)
Moments after the passing of a quiet non-waiver trade deadline, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had good news on two rehabbing Yankees and bad news on a third.

Starting with the latter, the GM said that catcher Francisco Cervelli is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews on Monday about lingering soreness in his throwing elbow, which was diagnosed as a "stress reaction" earlier this month.

Cervelli is also still experiencing pain in the broken finger that initially landed him on the DL in April - even though a specialist in Cleveland recently examined him and said there were no setbacks. The GM reluctantly admitted that those two injuries may end up being a season-ending combo.

"It's looking more and more like it's going to be unrealistic to see Cervelli (this season)," Cashman said. "He has two complaints that aren't resolving very well."

On the good side, Cashman told Michael Kay during a radio appearance that "the plan" for Curtis Granderson is to activate the outfielder for Friday's series opener in San Diego.

Granderson, who has been out since breaking his pinkie in late-May, has played six games on his latest rehab assignment, the last coming Wednesday afternoon with the Double-A Trenton Thunder. The Yankees are off on Thursday, and while there are thunderstorms in the forecast in Trenton for Thursday night, it is possible Granderson could play one more game there before joining the big club on the West Coast.

Meanwhile, back down in Tampa, Alex Rodriguez will play in a simulated game on Thursday and he is expected to begin a rehab assignment somewhere on Friday, although Cashman cited weather concerns for not confirming any further details on A-Rod.

"We have a schedule and we'll be checking the weather," Cashman said. "We don't want to say yet."

Cashman did also say that while the trade market "wasn't a deep pool to swim in" ahead of Wednesday's deadline, the team could re-visit any potential talks in August by trying to make waiver deals.

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