Is Curtis Granderson's injury worse than Yankees are saying?

March, 25, 2011
3/25/11
12:55
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For what it's worth, I got into a conversation with a scout in the hotel health club this afternoon -- we were on adjacent treadmills -- and when I mentioned the Yankees had traded Sergio Mitre for Chris Dickerson, the guy let out one of those whistles. You know, the kind that means "Uh-oh.''

"Granderson must really be hurt,'' the guy said. "This must mean he's starting the season on the DL.''

I asked him for a brief scouting report on Dickerson: "Tall, rangy guy, very athletic, a good centerfielder, can run, won't hit much.''

Just one man's opinion, of course. Granderson strained his right internal oblique taking a batting practice swing Tuesday in Sarasota, and his status for Opening Day remains unclear. We'll get as much of the truth as the Yankees will give us later today.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .293
HRM. Teixeira 17
RBIM. Teixeira 48
RB. Gardner 59
OPSJ. Ellsbury .778
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135