If everything continues to go smoothly, Curtis Granderson could be back in a Yankees uniform for Tuesday night’s series-opener against the Mariners.
The veteran outfielder went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Saturday night at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It was his third minor league rehab game and he came out of it feeling fine. Granderson is now 4-for-12 (.333) with a home run and three RBI since being cleared last week for live minor league action.
Granderson has been on the shelf since fracturing his right forearm in a late-February Grapefruit League game. He hit .232/.319/.492 with 43 home runs and 106 RBI in 160 games last season for New York.
The Yankees seem likely to keep Brett Gardner in center field and shift Granderson to left.
The Red Sox have placed catcher Sandy León on waivers, WEEI’s Evan Drellich reports. León hit .233 in 30 at-bats this spring, but he did draw seven walks.
León, 30, was quite productive in 2016, racking up an .845 OPS, but followed that up with back-to-back disappointing campaigns the last two seasons. He mustered a meager .511 OPS in 288 plate appearances last season. León, however, is under team control through the 2020 season and is well-regarded for his defense, so it seems probable that the Red Sox find a trade partner and send him to be a back-up elsewhere.
Christian Vázquez will handle the bulk of the catching duties this season with Blake Swihart backing him up now that León will be out of the picture. Swihart had been used more as a utilityman in recent seasons.