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Granderson latest Yank to hurt oblique

SARASOTA — Two Yankees returned from oblique injuries on Tuesday afternoon.

But another player, starting CF Curtis Granderson, was a late scratch with the same malady, one which has become a bit of a spring training scourge for the team.

Granderson was sent in the afternoon to be evaluated by the team's orthopedic surgeon in Tampa, Dr. Allen Miller, and no further tests were scheduled, generally a positive sign.

But there is a degree of concern until the Yankees, with the opener eight days away, get an exact diagnosis.

"I can't sit here and tell you he'll be ready in time (for opening day) because we just don't know what we're dealing with yet," GM Brian Cashman said. "It's just too early. I know he's not really concerned from his end, but obliques can be tricky, so we'll just see how he is the next few days."

OF Greg Golson suffered an oblique injury March 7 and returned Tuesday, as did RHP Joba Chamberlain, who had not appeared in a game since March 11. Chamberlain pitched one inning in a 6-2 loss to the Orioles, allowing a home run.

WHO LEADS OFF?: Girardi didn't rule out using both Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner in the leadoff spot, depending on the opposing pitcher. "You could see two different lineups," Girardi said. "One for right-handers, one for left-handers." Girardi said Gardner could bat first against right-handers and ninth vs. lefties.

Phils: Late arrival

CLEARWATER — Luis Castillo didn't make much of a first impression on the Phillies.

The veteran second baseman, signed to a minor-league contract Monday after being released by the Mets, was late reporting and was scratched from Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays.

Castillo, who arrived late Tuesday afternoon, called it a miscommunication between him and his agent.

"I was surprised this morning that he didn't show up," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told MLB.com. "It happens. We were a little confused. Evidently, he was confused, too."

Castillo, 35, is getting what amounts to a tryout with Philadelphia, which may open the season without All-Star 2B Chase Utley. He's expected to be in the lineup today against the Rays.

"I'm healthy and I feel good," he said. "I'm excited to be here. I want to compete and win a job here. I have 10 days to prove it."

Jays: Reliever out

DUNEDIN — An examination on Blue Jays RHP Frank Francisco found no structural damage in his injured pectoral muscle, but the reliever is expected to begin the season on the disabled list anyway, the National Post reported.

Francisco saw noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews after feeling soreness in his right pectoral muscle during a weekend bullpen session. He was considered a leading candidate to close for Toronto.

With RHP Octavio Dotel also likely to miss opening day with a hamstring injury, RHP Jon Rauch may get the first shot at closing.

INJURY REPORT: LHP Ricky Romero, who missed his previous turn due to inflammation in his left middle finger, said he felt good after allowing four runs in four innings of a 5-4 loss to the Phillies. "My arm felt great, finger felt great," said Romero, scheduled to start the season opener. … 2B Aaron Hill, who had been sidelined by a strained right thigh muscle, was 0-for-3 in his spring debut.

.fast facts

Blue Jays

Where: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin

Tickets: (727) 733-0429 or bluejays.mlb.com

Phillies

Where: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater

Tickets: (727) 467-4457 or phillies.mlb.com

Yankees

Where: Steinbrenner Field, corner of Dale Mabry and Martin Luther King, Tampa

Tickets: (813) 879-2244 or yankees.mlb.com

Granderson latest Yank to hurt oblique 03/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 10:06pm]

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