For what it's worth, I got into a conversation with a scout in the hotel health club this afternoon -- we were on adjacent treadmills -- and when I mentioned the Yankees had traded Sergio Mitre for Chris Dickerson, the guy let out one of those whistles. You know, the kind that means "Uh-oh.''
"Granderson must really be hurt,'' the guy said. "This must mean he's starting the season on the DL.''
I asked him for a brief scouting report on Dickerson: "Tall, rangy guy, very athletic, a good centerfielder, can run, won't hit much.''
Just one man's opinion, of course. Granderson strained his right internal oblique taking a batting practice swing Tuesday in Sarasota, and his status for Opening Day remains unclear. We'll get as much of the truth as the Yankees will give us later today.