What hitting coach Kevin Long called a “total reformation of the swing” is not quite that drastic according to Curtis Granderson. After two days spent tweaking his mechanics, Granderson could return to the Yankees lineup tonight with a different look. Just how different depends on who you ask.
“I wouldn’t necessarily call it big changes,” Granderson said. “It’s just trying to simply things. Everything I’ve done up to this point is just trying to get to the point I want (to make contact)… and there’s always some moving parts before it. We’re just trying to eliminate some of those moving parts.”
I’m sure the changes are minor — slightly different stance, hands held a little differently — but those can be significant parts of a player’s swing. It’s probably a good thing that Granderson sees this as a minor alteration rather than a radical change. He said he would have felt comfortable at the plate last night.
“I’ve made changes throughout my whole career,” he said. “I’ve been an unorthodox hitter. I’ve been a very routine and picture-perfect hitter as far as what everyone else is doing. And everything in between. Whenever someone says to make a change, I’ve always been a very adaptive player.”
A few quick links from downtown Kansas City…
• I landed in KC only to find an email from MLB announcing the official sale of the Rangers to a group led by Nolan Ryan. This is not a surprise, just an official announcement of something already known. Here’s the Dallas Morning News blog entry.
• I’m sure you’ve already seen this story — there was already buzz about it in the press box before the end of last night’s game — but Francisco Rodriguez has been arrested and suspended after getting into a fight with his father in law at Citi Field last night.
• Some brief Red Sox updates are in this notebook: Dustin Pedroia is scheduled to return from the DL next week, Mike Cameron has been taking batting practice and Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been called up.
• Bad news for the Braves: Chipper Jones is out for the year.
Associated Press photo of Granderson with Jorge Posada