Yankees' Curtis Granderson Lands on Disabled List
New York's other key offseason acquisition along with Vazquez was immediately dispatched to Columbia Presbyterian hospital for an MRI exam on his strained left groin, and the news was not good. The Yankees announced early in the evening that Granderson had been diagnosed with a Grade 2 (or, moderate) strain and will be placed on the disabled list, with reliever Mark Melancon coming up to take his roster spot.
Granderson pulled up lame as he was advancing from first to third on a single by Brett Gardner. He made it into third safely but was immediately replaced by pinch-runner Randy Winn. The single that put Granderson on base in the first place should have been a huge relief. He had collected only two hits in his previous 31 at-bats over a 10-game stretch, and even after Saturday's hit his average stood at an anemic .225.
But now the focus will shift to how long Granderson might be on the shelf. Other Yankees players didn't make the nature of his injury sound too promising.
"When you're running the bases and you pull up like that you know it's not good," Mark Teixeira told reporters. "If it's a little sore here and there during the game but you can play through it, it's usually nothing serious. But when you pull up like that it's probably serious."
Gardner will get the bulk of the playing time in center field while Granderson is out, with Winn and Marcus Thames available for corner outfield work .