Granderson met with a team doctor in mid-December to get a brace removed. At the time, he was advised that normal movement would strengthen the area and no physical therapy would be required. He was examined in January in New York and given a clean bill of health.
"He goes, 'You’re all good to go,'" Granderson said Monday, upon arriving at Mets camp.
Granderson suffered the injury sliding into second base on a steal attempt during the National League Championship Series. He played through the ligament tear during the World Series. He resumed hitting in January, just like other offseasons.
"If anything, there’s just a little scar there, which actually isn’t too bad," Granderson said.
Granderson, 34, stepped into the leadoff void for the Mets last season and arguably became the team’s MVP. He hit .259 with 26 homers and 70 RBIs. He also had 11 steals in 17 attempts.
This season, Granderson again is projected to lead off. This time he is expected to be followed by David Wright, then Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud and Asdrubal Cabrera.
Clearly the leadoff role is evolving around baseball, with the days of singles hitters who steal bases no longer the only model.
"There’s different guys that can do it," Granderson said. "You see a guy like a Mike Trout that can definitely lead off and steal bases, hit home runs. Dexter Fowler, who switch hits, obviously can hit some home runs and do some amazing things. And then you have a Denard Span, who can get on the bases, set the tone and steal bases, and bunt at will. I think it’s a mix."
If Granderson did have one deficiency last season, it was his lack of success against left-handed pitching. He hit .183/.273/.286 against southpaws as opposed to .280/.388/.504 against right-handed pitching in 2015.
Granderson noted that the Mets did not see many left-handers last season. They faced only 36 southpaw starters in 2015.
"It’s interesting, because at the beginning of the season I feel like I didn’t see any," Granderson said. "So you go through a stretch where I see one on Monday, [and] I may not see one until Saturday. So the inconsistencies of facing them make it difficult to get into a rhythm against them."