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One last hurdle for Granderson; Opening Day likely

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 29, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Curtis Granderson said he got six or seven at-bats this afternoon. He faced righties and lefties, and went through everything from solid contact to checked swings to swings and misses. His oblique was fine through all of it.

Although the grass was too wet for Granderson and Chris Dickerson to play the field — the minor league games were cancelled this afternoon — they went through normal outfield drills after their simulated at-bats, and again suffered no setbacks.

“Every at-bat felt good,” Granderson said.

This was easily the most optimistic Granderson has sounded when talking about his chances of playing on Opening Day. Barring an unexpected setback tomorrow –when he’s scheduled to play in a full minor league game — Granderson should be in New York on Thursday.

By the way, Granderson said he and Dickerson faced primarily minor league pitchers, but there was some talk about getting an at-bat against Mariano Rivera.

“We were going to,” Granderson said. “And then I was like, I didn’t bring that many bats.”

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