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.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.