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Granderson remains on schedule following surgery

NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson underwent minor surgery on his fractured left hand on Wednesday, but it won't change his recovery timetable.

Manager Joe Girardi said the Yankees outfielder still has to go through four weeks of inactivity before he can begin rehabbing the injury and get ready to return to the field. Granderson was put on the disabled list with a fracture on the knuckle of his left pinkie finger on Saturday after getting hit by a pitch against the Rays the night before.

"The healing process, the time doesn't change," Girardi said. "In four weeks, he'll start doing rehab."

Granderson has missed 43 of the Yankees' 51 games this season. He sat out the first six weeks of the season after fracturing his right forearm during Spring Training. In eight games with the team, he batted .250 with one home run and one RBI while striking out six times over 28 at-bats.

Granderson is still expected to be sidelined a minimum of four weeks.

"It's basically four weeks of inactivity, then you go from there," Girardi said. "You can't expect him to go four weeks of inactivity and be in a game the next day."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for
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