Yankees rumors: Who will replace Curtis Granderson?

New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson fractured his forearm yesterday and will miss 10 weeks of action. The club is left searching for options to replace the slugger, and it will look both within and outside the organization for potential candidates.

New York had outfielders Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera in camp competing for a reserve spot prior to yesterday’s injury, and they now become internal options to replace Granderson. Beyond the veterans, other in-house candidates for the Yankees include minor leaguers Melky Mesa and Zoilo Almonte, according to Jack Curry of The YES Network.

There are not many options remaining in free agency. At this point, New York would have to choose from veteran players, including Bobby Abreu, Johnny Damon and Scott Podsednik. Grady Sizemore is still available, but it’s not clear when he’ll be recovered enough from injury to sign his next contract.

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors pointed out yesterday that New York could wait out the spring with internal candidates and then pursue out of options players or others at risk of being cut on other teams. This list would include Jordan Schafer, Ezequiel Carrera, Jose Tabata, Gorkys Hernandez and Chris Coghlan. Other outfielders that are competing for roster spots elsewhere include Dewayne Wise, Scott Cousins, Eric Thames, Austin Kearns, Felix Pie, Darnell McDonald, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Travis Buck.

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