Mar 30, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT
When Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a strained oblique during the second-to-last week of spring training, he appeared destined for a season-opening disabled list stint. But he has apparently defied the odds.
According to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News, Granderson went 2-for-5 with two doubles in a minor league game Wednesday and is fully expected to be in the Opening Day lineup Thursday against the Tigers.
Granderson, 30, is hoping to bounce back from a somewhat disappointing debut season with the Yanks. A .268/.341/.481 career hitter, he posted an underwhelming .247 batting average, .324 on-base percentage and .468 slugging percentage in 2010. He also missed 26 games due to injuries.
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