Curtis Granderson to Join RailRiders on Rehab Assignment
American League All-Star outfielder Curtis Granderson will be giving the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) a temporary lift when he joins the team on Thursday to begin a Major League rehab assignment. Granderson and the RailRiders will be hosting the Indianapolis Indians on Thursday evening with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
Granderson was injured in his first at-bat of 2013 when he was hit by a J.A. Happ pitch on Feb. 24 in a spring training game. Granderson suffered a fractured right forearm, and Thursday night’s game will be his first action since the injury. This will be Granderson’s second tour of duty with SWB, as he joined the franchise in 2010 for a rehab assignment, posting a .250 (4-16) average with two RBIs in five games.
The three-time Major League All-Star hit 43 home runs last season, and drove in 106 runs. Both were top on a Yankee club that finished first in the American League East Division with a 95-67 record. In 2011, Granderson connected for 41 home runs, and led the American League with 119 RBIs. He also led the league in runs scored with 136. He finished the 2011 campaign fourth in Most Valuable Player voting, and was named to the American League All-Star team.
For his career, Granderson has hit 211 home runs over nine big league seasons. The 32-year-old has recorded 1,108 hits, 749 runs scored, and 114 stolen bases. He was originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the third round in 2002, and was acquired by the Yankees via trade during the 2009 off-season.
The gates at PNC Field will open at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. It’s a Thirsty Thursday presented by Budweiser and will also be Lost Sock Memorial Night at the ballpark. The first 1,000 fans will receive special RailRiders socks. The Indians will send 2011 first-overall-pick Gerrit Cole (2-1, 2.45) to the mound to face Granderson and the RailRiders. SWB is in the midst of an eight-game home stand, which concludes on Monday, May 13 against the Gwinnett Braves.