Yankees centerfielder Curtis Grandersonsaid he’s feeling good and will hit eighth in the lineup when the Yankees host the Tigers in their season opener Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Granderson has been battling a strained right oblique that had put his status for opening day in question.
“(There were) some swings and misses, hits, throwing in the outfield, which I hadn’t done yet, plays in the outfield, nothing over the top but just enough to be out there and play a get a full sense of where I am game wise,” Granderson said about his minor league game on Wednesday. “Everything was good.”
Granderson initially suffered the right oblique strain on March 22 during batting practice before a spring training game and admits that he’s surprised that he’s able to go just nine days after the injury.
He didn’t swing a bat until Tuesday and yesterday’s minor league game against Pirates minor leaguers helped him get ready for Thursday’s contest. Granderson said he had a check swing in the cage and also some awkward swings and swings and misses. He said it was collective response from yesterday that told he could go today.
“The couple bad swings were OK,” Granderson said. “The amount of at-bats, pitches per at-bat and then the length of being out there, all that good stuff. It was fine. Waking up today everything was fine.”
He said he does not imagine that today’s inclement weather will affect whether he is able to play against his former club.