The Yankees disabled list added another big name over the weekend when superstar Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch that fractured his forearm.
Reports have Granderson hitting the shelf for at least 10 weeks and many experts will tell you that it is hard to estimate when he will be back up to full speed and strength when coming back from this type of injury. It appears that the fracture is not one to be overly concerned about and that Granderson should be back in the lineup, and near his All Star form, around the first of May. If you missed the highlight from over the weekend, here it is, courtesy of MLB.com:
That leaves the world speculating on just who might take over the center field job in Granderson’s absence. The key component in replacing Granderson is that he is not lost for the season and, ultimately, only lost for the first month or so of it. Finding a veteran outfielder that is willing to sign a minor league deal with a chance to make the trip north and catch on as an extra oufielder might be the answer. With very little available in house and an already offense deprived starting lineup, the Yankees may find a familiar name out there in free agency.
Johnny Damon and his 18 year career are trying to find a home this spring, not quite ready to retire yet. He spent four of those years with the Yankees from 2006-2009 and reports say that he would be open to a reunion to provide the team with some depth until Granderson returned.
It is important to note that this Damon is not the same one that left the Bronx for Detroit a few years ago, he is far less productive at 39 years old. He played last year, briefly, for the Cleveland Indians before being released on August 9. In addition, it has been two full seasons since Damon patrolled the center of the diamond, playing left field as well as designated hitter primarily over the last few years.
He is still an option, still has some speed, and may have a little pop left in his bat from time to time.
Are the Yankees willing to get even older than they are with a low risk deal for Damon to prove himself.
It’s your move, Brian Cashman.
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