MLB notebook: Rehab and a movie for Yank

2013-04-15T00:00:00Z MLB notebook: Rehab and a movie for YankThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

NEW YORK - Curtis Granderson plans on making the most of an off day in his rehabilitation from a broken right forearm.

The injured Yankees outfielder flew to New York and intends to take students from a Brooklyn high school to a screening of the Jackie Robinson movie "42" today. The school's athletic fields were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Granderson showed up in the clubhouse before Sunday's game. He did his rehabilitation regimen in the Bronx rather than in Tampa, Fla., where he's been working to return since he was hit by a pitch in his first spring training at-bat.

"Once the throwing is good to go, then we'll start swinging," Granderson said. "I'm just here for the day."

Granderson can't put a date on his return and says he needs to get fully comfortable throwing before he can start swinging a bat. And after that, he says he'll need "50-70 at-bats" before he's ready to rejoin the Yankees.

In the meantime, he is able to join the producers of "42" in taking students from Abraham Lincoln High School, in Brooklyn's coastal Coney Island neighborhood to a screening of the movie on the 66th anniversary of the day Robinson broke major-league baseball's color barrier.

Quentin drops appeal

SAN DIEGO - Padres slugger Carlos Quentin on Sunday dropped his appeal and began serving an eight-game suspension for rushing the mound and inciting a brawl in which Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke broke his left collarbone.

With the suspension starting with Sunday's game against Colorado, Quentin will miss the Padres' three-game series at Dodger Stadium beginning tonight.

"There's been many different ideas and thoughts and concerns out there," Quentin said Sunday. "Let me say this as far as the Dodgers series: Obviously I will miss the upcoming one but I will be a part of the rest. We play them many times."

Inside pitch

• Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte is expected to make his next start Friday at Toronto after his turn in the rotation was pushed back. The 40-year-old was in line to start Sunday but he experienced back spasms Thursday.

• The Cubs placed catcher Steve Clevenger on the 60-day DL Sunday because of a strained left abdomen and claimed pitcher Kameron Loe off waivers from Seattle.

• Miami reserve outfielder Austin Kearns was taken to a hospital with an irregular heartbeat before Sunday's game, and the team said he would be kept overnight for observation.

• Indians outfielder Michael Bourn will miss several games after receiving five stitches to close a cut on his right index finger. He was injured when his hand was stepped on by pitcher Matt Thornton while making a headfirst slide into first base.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Follow the Arizona Daily Star