Curtis Granderson injury: Yankees OF to return Friday

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Granderson will return to the lineup in time for New York's series against the Padres.

The New York Yankees are planning on activating outfielder Curtis Granderson from the disabled list on Friday for the team's series against the San Diego Padres, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Granderson has been on the disabled list since May 24, when he suffered a broken pinkie finger. Prior to that injury, Granderson had played in just eight games, collecting seven hits, including one home run, over 31 plate appearance. He had begun the season on the disabled list with a broken forearm after being struck by a pitch in the first game of Spring Training.

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Granderson began a minor league rehab stint on May 25 and has collected three hits and two walks over 15 plate appearances.

The Yankees are hopeful that a return of Granderson will also mean a return of some power to their lineup. New York is currently second to last in the American League with 91 homers, including just 10 over the month of July. They traded for Alfonso Soriano to gain a little pop, but a return of Granderson, who has hit 40+ home runs each of the past two seasons, should be a massive upgrade in the power department.

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