Afternoon Notes: Granderson's Rehab, Williams' DUI, Jeter's Presser

Good afternoon Yankee fans. The team begin a four game series against the Blue Jays tonight, with Hiroki Kuroda and Mark Buehrle taking the mound in the Bronx. Chad Jennings of LoHud has a video on Girardi discussing Curtis Granderson and the team's plans for his return. The outfielder looks to be inching closer to some actual playing time, and the latest update is that he's taking batting practice indoors. It seems that he's only a few days away from some extended Spring Training game. The early May timetable is still realistic, though I can't even remember the last time a Yankee didn't have a setback.

Bad news on prospect Mason Williams, he failed a field sobriety test after being pulled over for speeding and weaving. Though his BAC wasn't over Florida's .08 limit, his .067/.062 was high enough to earn him a misdemeanor DUI.

We know that Derek Jeter had a setback in his ankle recovery, and that he'll likely be out until after the All Star break. This afternoon, Jeter will meet with the media and host a press conference at Yankee Stadium. Alex Rodriguez has done this in the recent past, and I wouldn't be surprised if the short stop just wants to address the issue now and get all the questions out of the way. Of course, a big press conference like this could mean other things, but we have no reason to believe he has any major announcements.

Finally, I thought it was interesting that Jose Valverde claimed to have a major league contract offer from the Yankees (and Mets) yesterday. It makes no sense that he'd decline either of those offers for a minor league deal with the Tigers earlier this month, and sure enough both Brian Cashman and the Mets have called Valverde out on his statement. Don't know why he'd make something up like that after earning a major league contract with the Tigers yesterday.

Stay tuned for news from Derek Jeter's press conference and a post I have coming up on Ichiro Suzuki's bat speed.