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Yankees’ Curtis Granderson Getting Closer to Returning

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees can use all the offense they can get, and they'll be pleased to hear that outfielder Curtis Granderson is getting closer to returning to the field.

Granderson hasn't played since May 24 with a finger injury and has played in just eight games total this season. Granderson has had no setbacks during his rehab and is eyeing a return to the field.

"We're getting close. I started hitting in the cage recently and doing some stuff soft toss," Granderson said on Monday. "I have been throwing. I've been running. I've been doing all my defense. Just got to get the baseball stuff underneath me in terms of hitting, getting on the field and playing and then get back up here to New York."

Granderson had fractured his right pinkie merely eight games into his season after dealing with a broken right forearm for about the first six weeks of the season.

The Yankees could surely use Granderson's bat back in the lineup. He's hit over 40 home runs the past two seasons and has also driven in over 100 runs the past two seasons as well.

Injuries have been nothing new for the Yankees this season. Along with Granderson, Derek Jeter, Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira have all missed significant time.

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