5/11/2013 11:54 P.M. ET
Granderson looks strong in latest rehab start
Rehabbing outfielder delivers two hits and an RBI for Triple-A RailRiders
By Andrew Kappes / Special to MLB.com
MOOSIC, PA. -- Following his go-ahead home run on Friday night for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Curtis Granderson spoke about how results were not the important part of his rehab assignment. While that may be true, Granderson continued to get those good results on Saturday night as he drove in a run and recorded two hits.
For the first time during his rehab stint, Granderson did not play the outfield. He batted second and was the designated hitter for the RailRiders. After waiting until his final at-bat to get his first hit of the game on Friday night, Granderson wasted no time on Saturday. He hit a hard single up the middle off Gwinnett starter Omar Poveda in the bottom of the first inning.
"The first at-bat, I had a runner at first and I just wanted to get him over," said Granderson.
He followed that up with an RBI single in the second. He drove a breaking ball from Poveda to right field, which one-hopped the right fielder Joey Terdoslavich, and gave Granderson his third RBI with the RailRiders.
"He was throwing a lot of offspeed pitches," Granderson said. "I waited to see if I could get an elevated one and see if I could do something with it, and I did."
After seeing mostly high-velocity pitchers the first two games of his rehab stint with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Granderson was pleased to see a primarily offspeed hurler in Poveda.
"It gets you ready for what you're going to see up top," said Granderson of the pitching variety. "You're not going to see the same thing every night. You're not going to see the same approach every night, so you have to make adjustments pitch to pitch, and at-bat to at-bat. Sure enough, that's what I've had to do in my first three games here, and I'm sure I'll have to make another adjustment tomorrow."
The next two at-bats did not fare as well for Granderson, but he battled in both. He was able to force a full count in each plate appearance, but struck out both times.
When asked about the benchmarks he wants to reach before he goes back up to New York, Granderson was keen on the stamina side of his game.
"Back-to-back nine-inning games are going to be big," said Granderson. "At-bat wise, we originally talked about 50 at-bats. Right now, I'm approaching 40. Those two things are going to be the big thing for me, then we should be really close. I'll have evaluations with the team after the series, and then we'll go from there."
Andrew Kappes is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.