7/12/2013 8:57 P.M. ET
Granderson making progress, but work remains
By Josh Vitale / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson is not yet ready to begin a rehab assignment.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Granderson -- who has been running, fielding and taking swings underwater in Tampa, Fla. -- took dry swings for the first time on Thursday.
Cashman wasn't sure if Granderson swung a broomstick or a bat -- he had not gotten the full report -- but it is a sign of progress for the outfielder, who has been on the disabled list since May 25 with a broken left pinkie.
Manager Joe Girardi and Cashman have both said that Granderson could return before the end of July, but he still has some work to do before he reaches that point.
"He's not even taking batting practice yet. He wasn't hitting off the tee yet," Cashman said. "He was doing swings in the pool, then I think yesterday was potentially the first day for him doing stuff [in the] open air."
Contusion in foot has Hafner out of lineup
NEW YORK -- Travis Hafner wasn't in the starting lineup on Friday night, but manager Joe Girardi said he could use his designated hitter if he needed to.
Hafner left Wednesday's game against the Royals with a contusion in his left foot after fouling off a ball while taking swings in the batting cages during the game. He is listed as day to day.
"Other than it being numb, it didn't feel too bad," Hafner said after the game. "So I think I should be all right."
The veteran has struggled at the plate after getting off to a hot start in April. He's batting just .175 since May 1, and he hasn't hit a home run since June 25.
Overall, he's batting .215 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs.
"I feel good," he said. "I just want to go out there, contribute and help the team."
Yanks have signed first 17 Draft picks
NEW YORK -- The deadline for signing picks from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft passed at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, but the Yankees had already gotten a majority of their players under contract by that point.
The last to sign was outfielder Aaron Judge, the second pick of the first round. New York has not announced the signing yet, but a baseball source confirmed to MLB.com that Judge signed a contract on Thursday worth $1.8 million.
The Yankees' first pick, third baseman Eric Jagielo, agreed to a contract worth $1,839,400 on June 13, and the final first-round pick, left-hander Ian Clarkin, signed a contract worth $1,650,000 six days later. The second- and third-round picks, second baseman Gosuke Katoh and outfielder Michael O'Neill, also signed.
Jagielo and O'Neill are playing for the Staten Island Yankees, and Katoh is playing for the Gulf Coast League Yankees. Clarkin, who was signed out of high school, has yet to debut.
Judge's signing means that the Yankees have agreed to contracts with each of their first 17 picks in the 2013 Draft, ranging from rounds 1 through 15. Overall they have signed 26 of their 42 draftees.
• The Yankees held a HOPE Week Alumni Reunion before Friday's game, inviting all of the honorees from 2009 to 2012 back to Yankee Stadium.
• The Class A Tampa Yankees' game was rained out for the second consecutive night, meaning third baseman Alex Rodriguez won't be playing a rehab game on Friday. He had been scheduled to play seven innings at third base. Tampa has another home game on Saturday, but there's no word as to what Rodriguez's next step will be.
Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.