Saturday, February 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Granderson back for Yanks

NEW YORK — OF Curtis Granderson became the first of the Yankees' injured stars to return to the lineup, rejoining the team 2½ months after breaking his right forearm in his first at-bat of spring training.

Granderson was activated from the disabled list and hit cleanup in Tuesday's victory over Seattle. He played leftfield, went 0-for-3 and scored a run.

"It was like another opening day," Granderson said. "Nerves coming into it since it's the first game of the 2013 season, to be here in Yankee Stadium since the first time last season, and all those different things ran through in terms of emotions and excitement."

All-Star Yankees SS Derek Jeter, 1B Mark Teixeira and 3B Alex Rodriguez have still not played in 2013. Infielders Kevin Youkilis and Eduardo Nunez and C Francisco Cervelli also are on the DL after getting hurt during the season.

Harper healing: Nationals OF Bryce Harper left Monday's game in the fifth inning after running into the scoreboard in rightfield at Dodgers Stadium. He got 11 stitches and jammed his shoulder but said he should only miss the last two games of Washington's series at Los Angeles, including Tuesday. Harper vows to keep playing hard, but says he will learn how to avoid crashing into the wall with such force — and wasn't happy that he had to shave his beard so the medical staff could patch him up.

Angels: Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning for Single-A Inland Empire on Monday in his first appearance since having Tommy John surgery in March 2012. The right-hander is eligible to come off of the disabled list this weekend.

Astros: 2B Jose Altuve was placed on the bereavement list after the death of his grandmother. Altuve left Monday night's game at Detroit with a jaw injury after colliding with RF Jimmy Paredes while chasing a popup, but manager Bo Porter said the injury wasn't serious. Altuve headed back to his native Venezuela and is expected back Saturday.

Blue Jays: The team said RHP Sergio Santos needs surgery on his elbow to clean out bone chips and spurs.

Braves: OF Justin Upton went 4-for-5 with his majors-leading 13th home run in Atlanta's 10-1 victory late Monday at Arizona, Upton's first game back in Phoenix since the Diamondbacks dealt him in the offseason. 3B Chris Johnson, also sent to Atlanta in that trade, had a tie-breaking homer in the fifth.

Marlins: C Jeff Mathis was activated after recovering from a broken right collarbone that caused him to miss the first six weeks.

Mets: RHP Scott Atchison went on the DL with inflammation in his right elbow.

Orioles: LHP Wei-Yin Chen went on the 15-day DL with a right oblique strain.

Rockies: Roy Oswalt threw 64 pitches in an extended spring training start; he could be ready to join Double-A Tulsa soon.

Diversity report: MLB teams improved racial diversity in hiring senior administrators but the employment of women is still lagging, according to the annual report by Richard Lapchick's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at UCF. MLB received an A grade in racial hiring but C-plus for gender.

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