April 8th, 2008
He did end up taking some swings off the tee, as well as some throws from up to 90 feet with and without his finger taped up. He felt some pain, but hitting off the tee felt better than just swinging.
“All I did today was try to swing the bat and see what it felt like,” he said.
It took him a while to get his grip down and use all his fingers to hold it, but by the end it felt pretty good.
Back on duty in chilly Boston after having the weekend off in Detroit.
With Monday off to travel and regroup, manager Jim Leyland sounded pretty up-front about his club, but not panicked. His points of emphasis were to make sure players are hearing what they’re saying as far as hitting approach goes.
“It’s not that the effort’s not there,” Leyland said. “We’ve had the effort. We just haven’t had the quality at-bats.”
With that in mind, there are no surprises in the lineup today. They had a hitters meeting, but they always have a hitters meeting at the start of a series.
“There’s a lot of quality players in that lineup today,” Leyland said.
It’s basically the same lineup as on opening day:
- Renteria, SS
- Polanco, 2B
- Sheffield, DH
- Ordonez, RF
- Cabrera, 3B
- Guillen, 1B
- Rodriguez, C
- Jones, LF
- Inge, 3B
On the Curtis Granderson front, he was gripping a bat this morning, trying to feel comfortable. He planned on taking some dry swings without a ball or a tee to see how it felt, then go from there in the coming days.