Curtis Granderson to begin rehab assignment Thursday

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Via Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times-Tribune:

He’s getting closer to a return to the big leagues.

Thursday night, Curtis Granderson will show area fans how close.

The Yankees’ All-Star center fielder will open a major league rehab assignment with the RailRiders Thursday against Indianapolis, a source within the organization confirmed to The Times-Tribune.

Granderson is expected to spend three or four days with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before returning to the Yankees’ active roster. He has been on the shelf since fracturing his right forearm during a late-February Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays.

If all goes well over the weekend in Triple-A, Granderson should join the Yankees’ starting lineup next Monday or Tuesday. The 32-year-old outfielder had 43 home runs, 10 steals and 106 RBI in 160 games last season.

Astros release Jon Singleton

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The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”

Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.

If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.