Curtis Granderson begins rehab assignment

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Curtis Granderson began a minor-league rehab assignment last night at Single-A, playing five innings in the outfield and going 0-for-2 with a walk at the plate.

Granderson has been out since May 24 with a broken pinkie finger, but there’s no official timetable for his return to the Yankees’ lineup. When asked yesterday by Adam Berry of MLB.com, he replied: “Sooner than later.”

Rehab assignments can last a maximum of 20 days, meaning Granderson is on track to come off the disabled list by mid-August, although the clock can always be restarted if he suffers a setback of any kind.

Former major league pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez dies in traffic accident

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Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.

The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.

The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: