Granderson remains out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Brewers, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. Granderson hasn't made a start since Aug. 21 and will likely be limited to a bench role the rest of the way for what might be his final big-league season. Through 343 plate appearances, the 38-year-old has posted a .643 OPS, by far the worst mark of his career in the category.
Granderson is out of the lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader with the Mets, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports. Even with his main competition for a spot in the everyday lineup (Cesar Puello) heading to the injured list Monday, Granderson looks like he'll merely be a fourth or fifth outfielder for the rebuilding Marlins. Miami called up Lewis Brinson from Triple-A New Orleans in a corresponding move and will insert him into center field in the series opener, with Harold Ramirez and Brian Anderson flanking him in the outfield. The 25-year-old Brinson should be given every opportunity over the final two months of the season to tap into his considerable upside, likely leaving Granderson in store for only 1-to-3 starts most weeks.
Granderson will be on the bench Saturday against the Rays. Granderson has a poor .622 OPS in the second half, though that's not noticeably worse than the .630 mark he recorded prior to the All-Star break. Harold Ramirez will be the left fielder Saturday.
Granderson is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Marlins, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. Granderson will rest for the afternoon game while Cesar Puello enters the lineup, joining Brian Anderson and Harold Ramirez in the outfield. Though he seems to have at least temporarily recaptured primary left-field duties from Puello, the 38-year-old Granderson will likely see his opportunities decline over the final two months of the season as the rebuilding Marlins prioritize at-bats for their younger options. With a .183/.270/.361 slash line across 285 plate appearances this season, Granderson looks to have little left in the tank at this point.
Granderson went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Twins. The Marlins only managed four hits on the night, and Granderson had the team's only extra-base hits and RBI. The veteran outfielder's .638 OPS through 91 games is the worst mark of his career, but he might still attract some mild interest at the trade deadline from a contender looking for a battle-tested bench bat.
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