Granderson's tight right hamstring forces early exit
Outfielder day to day after MRI exam leaves little reason to worry
NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson left Saturday's game early with a tight right hamstring, causing the Yankees to go into instant shuffle mode in their defensive alignment. Granderson, New York's center fielder, struck out in the bottom of the second inning and didn't come back out for the third.
The Yankees don't think Granderson's injury is serious, and they got confirmation from an MRI at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Granderson has played in 131 of his team's first 132 games, and leads the Majors with 75 home runs since the start of 2011.
"He had what they call a precautionary MRI," said manager Joe Girardi of his center fielder. "Everything's good. He's just got a little tendinitis. He might even be a player for me tomorrow."
Girardi said that Granderson generally doesn't complain about physical maladies, putting the day's events into sharper perspective. The Yankees will treat Granderson carefully in Sunday's series finale against the Orioles, but they were thrilled to get positive returns from his examination.
"There was no tears," said Girardi. "He had a hard time getting loose, and we just thought if he had to make a burst that it could turn into something really not good. ... If [he had] a strain, you're looking at probably a minimum of two weeks. At this time of year, it's hard to overcome that."
With his absence, the Yankees had to make some moves. Right fielder Andruw Jones moved to left field, and left fielder Ichiro Suzuki moved into center to take Granderson's spot. First baseman Nick Swisher moved to right field and Steve Pearce came off the bench to play first base.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.