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Curtis Granderson (oblique) cleared for Yankees’ opener

Mar 30, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

Curtis Granderson AP

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.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Mar 30, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    This is a relief- I really don’t want Andruw Jones bounding around the outfield.

  2. phukyouk - Mar 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    BASEBALL 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YANKEES # 28 COMING UP THIS YEAR! WOOT!

  3. derpdederpdederp - Mar 30, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    the yanks should be thrilled that this guy is going to be ready to hit .250 starting opening day

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 30, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    put him down for 35HR’s this year, big bounce back year

    • Ari Collins - Mar 31, 2011 at 12:07 AM

      Temper your enthusiasm, my friend. If he’s healthy, he’ll be very good, but it’s hard to bounce back to 35 when you’ve never hit more than 30. And just turned 30.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 2, 2011 at 3:07 AM

        He’s not playing in detroit anymore junior, he has the perfect stroke for Yankee stadium, you must be as retarded as utley’s nutsack

  5. madocyankfan - Mar 31, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    He’s on my fantasy team so this news is welcomed. Plus he should rake this since his swing was “cured” by K. Long.

  6. aburns77 - Mar 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    I hope they aren’t rushing him back just to have him out there on opening day because oblique injuries are tricky and can get worse if you come back too quickly. The Yankees need him to produce more than he did last year for what we gave up for him he needs to be a more complete offensive player.

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