Curtis Granderson hoping to return this month

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Matt Ehalt of ESPN New York caught up with Curtis Granderson at a charity event today and the Yankees outfielder said he’s aiming to come off the disabled list by the end of this month.

Granderson has been out since May 25 with a broken pinkie finger that was initially expected to keep him sidelined for at least 4-6 weeks. He’s already started to do most baseball activities, including “hitting in the cage recently and doing some stuff soft toss.”

This is the second major injury of the season for Granderson, who’s played a total of just eight games in between DL stints.

Mariners claim Kaleb Cowart off waivers from Angels

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The Mariners announced that the club claimed Kaleb Cowart off waivers from the Angels. Interestingly, the Mariners list Cowart as both an outfielder and a right-handed pitcher. Cowart has never pitched professionally, but the Mariners will try him as a two-way player next season, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Cowart was a highly regarded pitcher in high school.

Cowart, 26, has played all over the field, spending most of his time at third base and second base, but also logging a handful of innings at first base, shortstop, and left field.  He hasn’t hit much at all, owning a career .177/.241/.293 triple-slash line across 380 plate appearances in the big leagues. It makes sense to try another angle.

Shohei Ohtani, of course, is helping to popularize the rebirth of the two-way player. In his first year in the majors after having played in Japan for five years, Ohtani won the AL Rookie of the Year Award by posting a .925 OPS in 367 plate appearances along with a 3.31 ERA over 10 starts. Don’t expect Cowart to hit those lofty numbers, but additional versatility could prolong his life in the majors.