Curtis Granderson made his first rehab start tonight with Detroit’s Class-A team the West Michigan Whitecaps. Curtis had two hits, one a triple in four plate appearances. Here’s a summary of his at-bats:
- Bottom 1st: Curtis Granderson singles on a ground ball to second baseman Alwin Perez.
- Bottom 3rd: Curtis Granderson flies out to left fielder David Lough.
- Bottom 6th: Curtis Granderson triples (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Wilson Tucker.
- Bottom 8th: Curtis Granderson lines out to center fielder Adrian Ortiz.
He was unable to score off the triple. The Whitecaps faced the Burlington Bee’s who started Alexander Caldera who was Kansas City’s 13th round draft pick from ’07. Caldera was making his third start of the season and had been shutting down lefties allowing only 3 hits, 0 walks and striking out 7 over 6 innings.
Great to see Curtis making consistent contact. Jim Leyland had stated that he wanted Curtis to get 25 at-bats in the minor leagues before he joined the team but according to Danny Knobler that wasn’t a literal statement:
“I had a good talk with him,” Leyland said. “We just want to make sure he has enough at-bats so that he comes back and can be effective. It’s one thing to have enough to play, and another to have enough to be effective.
“He might go down there for three days and feel like he’s right on it, and wants to come back. Those are the (baseball) rules. If they say they’re ready, they’re ready.”
I suspect we’ll see Curtis pretty soon if he continues to feel no pain.