Brennan Boesch demoted as Curtis Granderson's return looms

Boesch may be stuck in the minors for a while.
Brennan Boesch might be stuck in the minors for a while. (USATSI)

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On Monday between games of their doubleheader against the Indians, the Yankees sent outfielder Brennan Boesch to the minors -- and he might not be back for a while, barring injuries to the Yankees' outfield.

Curtis Granderson is on a minor-league rehab assignment as he recovers from a broken arm. Entering Monday night's Scranton/Wilkes-Barre game, Granderson was 7 for 17 (.412) with a home run and three RBI in four games for the Triple-A affiliate.

The corresponding move to Boesch being sent down Monday was to add right-handed pitcher Brett Marshall to the bullpen. This was obviously to help with the bullpen depth for the doubleheader. The smart money is on Marshall getting sent back down within the next few days to make room for a returning Granderson.

And then -- with Granderson, Brett Gardner, Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki as options for three outfield spots -- there won't be need for Boesch.

Boesch, 28, hit .205/.244/.436 with two homers and five RBI in 41 plate appearances for the Yankees. He was picked up by New York after the Tigers released him during the spring.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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