TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson was scratched from the starting lineup in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays with right elbow soreness.
General manager Brian Cashman said that Granderson will be sent for a precautionary MRI exam on Wednesday but characterized his level of concern as "two or less" on a scale of one to 10. Cashman said that he believed Granderson first felt the injury on Tuesday.
"He reported that his elbow is a little sore," Cashman said. "We'll do a precautionary MRI to make sure it's nothing significant. We don't believe it is. Better safe than sorry."
Granderson, 31, is batting .333 (11-for-33) with one home run and four RBIs in 13 spring games. He was replaced in center by Brett Gardner, with Justin Maxwell entering New York's lineup to replace Gardner in left field.
"He went out and threw today and felt fine," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game. "I'm assuming it's just precautionary. We'll know tomorrow how he feels. He felt it when he was working out a little bit, and then he went out and threw. I don't like not having him, I can tell you that."
With one tune-up left, CC 'ready' now
TAMPA, Fla. -- CC Sabathia is a little curious, just like many of the Yankees, to get a first glimpse at brand new Marlins Park in Miami this weekend.
Sabathia will have the honor of taking the ball for New York on Sunday against the Marlins, as the Yankees help test some of the facility's kinks, but Sabathia doesn't necessarily feel he personally needs another tune-up start.
"If the season started tomorrow, I'd be ready," Sabathia said. "That's just how you feel as a player. I've got two bullpens and a start in Miami, so I'll take those and get ready for Opening Day."
Sabathia allowed three runs in six innings to the Blue Jays on Tuesday, throwing 65 of his 92 pitches for strikes, and the left-hander said that his delivery is feeling a bit smoother.
"I felt good," Sabathia said. "I'd like to make a lot better pitches with two strikes and start working on pitch sequences, but that's just stuff for me and [catcher Russell Martin] to start looking at. We know what we need to do."
Minor League at-bats next for Swisher
TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher was not quite ready to get back into New York's Grapefruit League lineup on Tuesday, and he will be sent to the club's Minor League complex to log at-bats on Wednesday afternoon.
Swisher has not played since feeling tightness in his right groin while running out a ground ball on March 20 against the Pirates. Swisher took batting practice on Tuesday against Andy Pettitte, but manager Joe Girardi said he'd err on the side of caution and shoot instead to play Swisher on Friday against the Phillies.
"My sense was, I didn't get the feeling that he was completely ready to go," Girardi said.
Girardi acknowledged he is "a little bit" concerned Swisher may not be ready for Opening Day on April 6, but he added, "My sense is that he'll be ready. By having the Minor League games, you can be even more cautious, because you can get the at-bats and not have to play defense."
After Tuesday's game, the Yankees reassigned infielder Jorge Vazquez to Minor League camp. A Spring Training standout last year, Vazquez was just 2-for-22 (.091) in 15 spring games this season.
Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda is in line to serve as the Yankees' No. 2 starter, Girardi said. That would set Kuroda up not only to pitch New York's April 7 game against the Rays at Tropicana Field, but also the April 13 home opener against the Angels in New York.
Alex Rodriguez received no treatment after taking a 95-mph fastball in the ribs on Sunday, Girardi said. Rodriguez doubled in three at-bats against Toronto on Tuesday and is batting .297 this spring.