Curtis Granderson plans on making the most of an off day in his rehabilitation from a broken right forearm.
The injured Yankees outfielder flew to New York and intends to take students from a Brooklyn high school to a screening of the Jackie Robinson movie ”42” on Monday. The school’s athletic fields were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
Granderson showed up in the Yankees clubhouse before Sunday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. He did his rehabilitation regimen in the Bronx rather than in Tampa, Fla., where he’s been working to return since he was hit by a pitch in his first spring training at-bat.
”Once the throwing is good to go, then we’ll start swinging,” Granderson said. ”I’m just here for the day.”
Granderson can’t put a date on his return and says he needs to get fully comfortable throwing before he can start swinging a bat. And after that, he says he’ll need ”50-70 at-bats” before he’s ready to rejoin the Yankees.
In the meantime, he is able to join sponsors and the producers of ”42” in taking students from Abraham Lincoln High School, in Brooklyn’s coastal Coney Island neighborhood to a screening of the movie on the 66rd anniversary of the day Robinson broke major league baseball’s color barrier.
”I’m still able to get my work done here, and like I said, tomorrow would have been an off day anyways for me,” Granderson said. ”So we take it as an off day, I’ll travel back to Tampa and go to work on Tuesday.”
In other Yankees injury news, left-hander Andy Pettitte is set to start Friday, eight days after his back tightened up on him. A planned bullpen session for him was skipped, but he plans to throw one on Tuesday to prepare for his next start. He had originally been pushed back to Tuesday or Wednesday.
”We’re just going to be conservative. We’ve got guys who can pitch,” Pettitte said. ”I feel a ton better and just want to pitch, get back out there as soon as I can.”
Manager Joe Girardi said he had no update on Derek Jeter’s recovery from a broken ankle, adding ”usually if I hear something, it’s bad.”
Granderson said he hasn’t come across his teammate often at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa, but one day he caught fly balls while Jeter took batting practice. He said the Yankees captain seemed to have his batting stroke back, at least.
”The ball was going all over the place,” Granderson said. ”I got a lot of work that day.”
Third baseman Alex Rodriguez, also on the disabled list as he recovers from hip surgery, was in the Yankees dugout for the second straight day.