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Curtis Granderson has bruised, swollen knee

JUPITER, Fla. -- Curtis Granderson was struck on the side of the right knee by a third-inning pitch from St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn in Thursday's Grapefruit League finale and departed after the half-inning. Granderson indicated he has a bruise and swelling.

"In as good of a spot as possible -- not the knee cap, not the calf, or not the thigh," Granderson said before the Mets departed for a flight to Texas for a pair of exhibition games. "I'm a little sore from it. We'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Asked if might affect Opening Day on Monday, Granderson said: "[It's] nothing major. I've got to see how it does on the flight. Obviously the timing of it is not the best, but we got it iced up, got in the cold tub. I've got it wrapped up right now -- all the precautionary things we need to do. We'll see how everything goes on the flight. I'll keep moving around, get it loose and go from there.

"They've moved it around. They checked all around it, everything like that. I've been able to walk around and all that stuff, no problem. No limp that I've noticed or anybody has said anything about. It's starting to swell up a little bit, which is to be expected. But nothing too major though."

Granderson was 0-for-1 before his departure. He hit .435 (20-for-46) with three homers and 12 RBIs in Grapefruit League play. He had 10 walks and five strikeouts.

"I think it's something you can hopefully build on and move forward with," Granderson said. "You just want to, hopefully, stay within your zone -- try not to cover everything. That makes it a lot easier to make contact the way you want to. Pitchers have some great stuff that they can do with the baseball. Once you start to expand the zone, it makes it that much more difficult to hit it."