April 21st, 2008
I didn’t make the trip to West Michigan, but followed online. He faced a left-handed finesse starter and struck out twice on breaking balls that dropped out of the strike zone — one of them went into the dirt — but he got a hold of one ball and hit it just inside 1B and down the RF line for a third-inning RBI triple. His acceleration appears to be fine, because he sped into third base without a throw before scoring on a sacrifice fly.
Again, Granderson didn’t have an active day in the field, and he didn’t have to make a throwing play. He nearly had a chance at a running catch in left-center, according to the radio broadcast, but left fielder Joe Tucker had a diving attempt at it.
UPDATE: The original plan was expected to bring Granderson back to Toledo for Tuesday night’s game, but reports out of Grand Rapids suggest he could stay at West Michigan and play another game or two instead. That could be a way around the Tuesday night-Wednesday morning combination the Mud Hens have coming up, which might not be a good turnaround for someone who’s still trying to get his legs into regular-season shape.