Rain kept Curtis Granderson out of a game today, but after going through simulated at bats and outfield drills his strained oblique feels fine and he thinks he’ll be ready to play on opening day.
He still hasn’t committed 100 percent, but as long as there are no setbacks in a minor league game tomorrow, Granderson will fly to New York and plans to start Thursday, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News.
This is great news for the Yankees as Granderson seems primed for a big year after a strong second half last season and diligently worked with hitting coach Kevin Long during the offseason. If he is not able to play Thursday it wouldn’t be the end of the world. The Yankees can probably backdate his time on the DL and he wouldn’t necessarily miss the full 15 days.
If it comes down to that though, Chris Dickerson, who the Yankees acquired from Milwaukee for Sergio Mitre last week, will join the Yankees in the Bronx as a backup outfielder. We’ll find out for certain tomorrow if that is necessary or not.