Rounding second during today’s 7-6 loss to the White Sox, Curtis Granderson felt a pull in his left groin. He hobbled to third base safely but was immediately removed for a pinch runner, Randy Winn. Before the game was over Granderson had been taken to Columbia Presbyterian for an MRI.
The Yankees don’t know the result of the MRI yet, but Joe Girardi said after the game that Granderson was “probably going to be DL’d.”
The players didn’t know much more than their manager, but the looks on their faces and the sound of their voices indicated they expect to miss Granderson for an extended period of time. Their center fielder’s immediate reaction and the fact that he left the game almost instantly suggested an injury that was more serious than not.
“When you’re running the bases and you pull up like that you know it’s not good,” Mark Teixeira said. “If it’s a little sore here and there during the game but you can play through it, it’s usually nothing serious. But when you pull up like that it’s probably serious.”
Nick Swisher went to the clubhouse to check on Granderson after the play. He said Granderson did not feel a pop when he suffered the injury, a message Girardi had first mentioned earlier that has given the club some hope.
“He said he feels good,” Swisher said about Granderson. “Curtis is a tough dude, man. He’ll be back as soon as he can, no doubt.”
Girardi said he will start Brett Gardner in center field as long as Granderson is on the shelf. His immediate answers in left field will be Marcus Thames and Randy Winn, although, even assuming Granderson is likely to end up on the DL, it could depend on who replaces him on the roster. Girardi’s immediate roster concern is that of a short bullpen after Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves combined to pitch 4 2/3 innings in relief of Javier Vazquez, who was lifted after just three-plus. Girardi said Mitre and Aceves will not be available tomorrow, and they were just two of the five relievers used by the Yankees this afternoon.
Below is the audio of Girardi discussing Granderson and Vazquez, as well as other topics. I’ll have more from Vazquez in a bit: