The fan reaction for Curtis Granderson's first game back in the Bronx was about what the Yankees-turned-Mets outfielder expected.
"It's going to be mixed, and I understand that," Granderson said before Monday's Subway Series opener at Yankee Stadium, a 9-7 Mets victory. "It's going to be an interesting side of things to go out there and hear whatever the reception has to be. But I'm looking forward to just going out there and playing."
A fixture in the Bronx from 2010-13, Granderson will have one more chance to play at his old home in tonight's 7:05 ET game between the Mets and Yankees. The teams will then shift to Citi Field for two more Subway Series games on Wednesday and Thursday.
"I'm just looking forward to it," said Granderson, who hit a two-run homer in Monday's win. "It's not my first time coming here as an opponent, but getting a chance to go against some of the guys in my recent home is obviously something that you look forward to, are excited about."
Before Monday's contest, Granderson milled about on the field during batting practice, greeting old friends and coaches. Fond memories were easy to find for Granderson, who enjoyed two of the best years of his career in the Bronx from 2011-12. Thanks in part to Yankee Stadium's short porch in right field, Granderson hit 84 home runs combined those two seasons.
Though hand and wrist injuries limited him to 61 games last season, Granderson parlayed his prime years into a four-year, $60 million contract with the Mets last winter.
Now, he sees the Subway Series from a different perspective.
"Curtis had some really big years for us and did some really, really good things for us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's really unfortunate what he went through last year, the hand injuries that he had. Curtis did a lot of good things. I think Curtis was extremely important to the community here and was very giving."
In Tuesday's game, Granderson will take his hacks against left-hander Vidal Nuno, who was not around for most of the outfielder's Yankees tenure. Nuno will oppose right-hander Zack Wheeler, who has given the Mets a quality start in five of his seven outings this year.
Mets: More youth on the way
The Mets plan to call up right-handed pitching prospect Rafael Montero later this week, starting him in Wednesday's game at Citi Field.
The move shifted Jenrry Mejia from the rotation to the bullpen, where he made his debut with 1 1/3 scoreless innings on Monday. The Mets also skipped prospect Jacob deGrom's scheduled start at Triple-A Las Vegas and called him up, preparing to have him join Mejia in the bullpen.
In less than a week, the Mets have turned over a large chunk of their roster, calling up Wilmer Flores, Eric Campbell, Montero and deGrom from Las Vegas.
"The basic question that we ask ourselves every day is: What gives us the best chance to win?" Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said of the Montero decision. "We understand that it's a debut on a big stage. We understand that it's unlike the debuts of other young pitchers that we've had over the last couple of years. [But] we think he's ready now."
Yankees: Sabathia to visit Dr. Andrews
Already on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation, left-hander CC Sabathia has requested to see Dr. James Andrews for a precautionary visit and an additional opinion, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on Monday.
Following his Saturday start against the Brewers, Sabathia underwent an MRI exam that did not reveal any structural damage, showing only a buildup of fluids in the knee. Though Sabathia was also scheduled to be seen by team physician Christopher Ahmad in New York on Monday, Cashman said the lefty wants Dr. Andrews to examine him regardless.
The Yankees were encouraged by the fact that Sunday's MRI results showed no structural damage to Sabathia's knee. He had surgery on the same knee to repair a torn meniscus after the 2010 season.
"The best-case scenario is CC gets the knee drained, rests for five days and gets a couple of bullpens under his belt, and he takes the start after he comes off the DL," Cashman said. "That's the best-case scenario. I'm not saying that's the scenario we're dealing with yet, but that's the best."
• Alfonso Soriano logged his 1,000th American League hit on Monday, becoming the seventh player in Major League history to collect 1,000 hits in both leagues. With a second-inning single off Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon, the Yankees outfielder joined a select group including Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Dave Winfield, as well as Vladimir Guerrero, Fred McGriff, Orlando Cabrera and Carlos Lee. Soriano, who has 1,077 career hits in the National League, also became the first player to record 1,000 hits, 500 runs scored, 500 RBIs, 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases in each league.
• Flores should be back in the Mets' lineup on Tuesday, after sitting out the past two games due to illness. The Mets on Friday named Flores their starting shortstop over Ruben Tejada, but he has been healthy enough to play just two of the team's four ensuing games.
• The Mets have held a lead in 31 of their 37 games this season. Not including the four times they have been shut out, they have led in 31 of 33 games.