CF Curtis Granderson’s rehab stint through the minors, first A-ball then AAA, took a positive step over the weekend when he was able to face Reds’ pitcher/prospect Homer “We’re talkin’ Softball” Bailey in Toledo. He reportedly looked good, going 2-4 in a game where Bailey threw 7 2/3 of scoreless ball.
Still no sign of Ozzie Smith or Don Mattingly’s sideburns.
Granderson was badly late on his first swing against Bailey’s fastball leading off the bottom of the first inning, and he felt some pain, as expected, in his healing right hand when he checked his swing twice in the initial at-bat before a well-hit flyout to left-center.
There was initially some hope that Grando could make the trip up North to Toronto for today’s noon finale of the 4-game series. His sore hand has felt better than expected, but as for his legs and throwing arm, there still is some progress yet to be made.
Granderson has gone 5-13 (.384) through three games of his Minor League rehab assignment.
The AAA Toledo Mudhens have today off, so Granderson will instead head to A-ball West Michigan for a night game while he continues his rehab.
Armando Galarraga gets his second start today after an impressive debut in which he retired, at one point, 17 straight batters last Wednesday at Cleveland, gaining the win.