Curtis Granderson went through a series of tests with the Yankees training staff this afternoon, but he hasn’t been sent for an MRI or anything like that.
“I believe there’s a chance he’s going to play Opening Day,” Joe Girardi said. “Now, I haven’t talked to Geno yet about all the tests he’s been through, but I believe he’s got a chance to play Opening Day.”
Saying he has a chance to play on Opening Day, obviously also means there’s a chance he won’t play on Opening Day.
“Let’s let him go through tests and get back to swinging a bat before we say he’s through the woods,” Girardi said. “Golson was about 10 days before he started swinging a bat. Serge was three days (before he pitched again). You just kind of have to wait to see how each body (responds). Goley was more demonstrative about feeling his than Curtis.”
Girardi said Granderson described his discomfort by saying it felt like he’d just worked out for the first time in a long time. I take that to mean a certain kind of tightness and general soreness, but it’s a pretty vague description. As you might expect, the Yankees are not going to rush Granderson back into a spring game.
“We told him, look Curtis, we don’t need to rush this back where you say I have to play by Friday or Saturday,” Girardi said. “You don’t have to do that. Let’s just make sure that when you’re ready to go, you’re (really) ready to go.”