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Granderson returned from a broken right wrist in mid-May only to get hit by another pitch days later and land on the DL on May 25 with a broken knuckle on his left hand.
New York has used the disabled list 16 times already this season, one shy of last year’s total.
The switch-hitting first baseman got off to an encouraging start when he came back but has slumped to a .151 average with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 53 at-bats.
“I believe he was healthy when he came back. It could have been just the swings, the games, that got to him a little bit,” Girardi said. “There’s not really hesitation in my mind that makes me believe that he won’t be back when the 15 days is up.”
Hoping to work his way out of his slump, Teixeira said he tried taking a few extra swings Saturday off a tee, which he hadn’t been doing because the wrist was sore. After that, he said his wrist didn’t feel right during the game. He left the team during its West Coast trip, went back to New York and received a cortisone shot Sunday.
“The MRI showed what I thought it was going to show,” Teixeira said. “I didn’t think it was re-torn. Something was just injured. When you gradually just get sore, you know, OK, I’ve got some inflammation in there, I’ll need some time off. I was pretty sure that’s what it was.”
Teixeira said he feels pretty good swinging from the right side, but he wouldn’t want to be solely a platoon player. Instead, he’ll try to let the injury heal without surgery and stick to switch-hitting.
Looking back to his rehab stint with Double-A Trenton, Teixeira said he played 19 out of 20 days.
“That’s probably just too much. If maybe once a week I take a day off, just to let it rest, if I can do that all year that’s great. Obviously 19 out of 20 is too much. We learned that the hard way,” he said.
“That first week I felt great,” Teixeira added. “I probably overdid it a little bit. It’s something I might have to manage all year. … We tried it, now we have to take a step back.”
In other moves, the Yankees recalled outfielder Zoilo Almonte and right-hander Adam Warren from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Right-hander Chris Bootcheck was designated for assignment.
NOTES: LHP Ian Clarkin and the Yankees agreed on a $1,650,100 signing bonus, pending the results of his physical. That’s the slot value assigned to the overall No. 33 pick, where Clarkin was selected in this month’s draft out of James Madison High School in San Diego. During the draft, MLB Network showed a video in which Clarkin said he “cannot stand” the Yankees. He apologized the next day, saying the remarks were taken out of context and meant to tease his mother, a Yankees fan.
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