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.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.