Curtis Granderson, who suffered a strained right oblique during batting practice Tuesday, told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com this afternoon that he believes he has a “50-50” chance of being in the lineup for Opening Day against the Tigers next Thursday.
Granderson resumed swinging a bat and throwing today while also running the bases. While he still feels some minor discomfort, he believes he might be able to play in a Grapefruit League game on Monday.
Meanwhile, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated that they could wait until Wednesday’s workout at Yankee Stadium before determining if Granderson will be placed on the disabled list. As for the Grandy-Man — yeah, I went there — he doesn’t think it’s necessary.
“That would be their call,” Granderson said. “I feel like everything is fine in terms of avoiding the DL.”
If Granderson is placed retroactively on the disabled list, he could return as soon as April 6 against the Twins.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.
The big presidential pardon news today concerns the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence. We’ll leave that aside. For our purposes, know that someone in the world of baseball was pardoned: Willie McCovey.
Yes, Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who in 1995 pleaded guilty to income tax fraud related to the non-reporting of income received from memorabilia and autograph shows. Duke Snider pleaded guilty alongside McCovey. They were given two years probation and fines of $5,000. Snider died in 2011. McCovey still works with the San Francisco Giants as a senior advisor and goodwill ambassador.
President Obama’s release of McCovey’s pardon was pretty succinct. But it’s enough to scrub the record of one of the greatest sluggers of all time.