Curtis Granderson and Kevin Long go together like cheese and macaroni. The outfielder reunited with his former Yankees hitting coach last year and actually began to deliver on his big contract, putting up his best numbers since ... well, since Long first got the message across in 2011. He's no longer the 40-homer guy he was in those days, but he became a better all-around hitter last year, ranking in the top 10 in walks and delivering the highest line-drive rate of his career. He got better as the season went on, too, delivering a near-.900 OPS in the second half. He remains a batting average liability because of all the strikeouts and is at an age (35) where he's a perpetual injury risk, but the improvements he made last year make him worth drafting as a No. 3 outfielder again.
Granderson underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his thumb, ESPN's Adam Rubin reports. Granderson injured his left thumb after a slide attempt during Game 3 of the NLCS, but he was able to play throughout the rest of the Mets' postseason run. He should be fully healthy come spring training and will likely compete for a spot in the Mets' outfield next season.
Granderson (thumb) is in the lineup for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. This was fully expected, but Granderson will be able to give it a go, as he did in Game 4 of the NLCS, despite suffering a sprained left thumb in Game 3. It will, however, be interesting to see if the thumb inhibits him at all during the series, as he was spotted with a wrap on the thumb as recently as Monday.
Granderson, who sprained his left thumb sliding into second base in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Cubs, will be in the lineup for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, the NY Post reports. Granderson remained in Game 3 after suffering the injury and started Game 4. The injury is not believed to be serious but is why he had a wrap on it Monday during Media Day.
Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds, Adam Rubin of ESPN reports. After clinching the NL East Saturday, the Mets are rolling out backups at every position but left field and pitcher, and Granderson is one of the players hitting the bench. Kirk Nieuwenhuis will get the start at right field, batting fifth.
Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson went 2 for 4 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs scored in a 10-2 victory over the Reds on Saturday. Like many of his teammates, Granderson has been wielding a hot bat over the first three games of the series against the Reds. The veteran outfielder posted his second consecutive multi-hit effort of the set on Saturday, and has generated a .357 average (5 for 14) with a double, two homers, five RBI and five runs scored against Cincinnati pitching over the last three contests. Granderson also drew his 21st walk of the month on Saturday, and has now reached base safely in all but three of the 24 games he's played in September.