Granderson seeks Long's guidance

Granderson seeks Long's guidance

ARLINGTON -- Curtis Granderson has offered few excuses for his unimpressive year to date. But hoping that it is not too late to turn it all around, the Yankees' outfielder has submitted his swing for a late-season overhaul.

Hitting coach Kevin Long said that Granderson reported before Tuesday's game for a "very detailed hitting session" in which Long was able to pick apart several components of Granderson's swing and offer new suggestions.

"I think you're going to see a little different look," Long said. "A little shorter to the baseball-type look. You've got some moving stuff with his hands, with his load. He's got some movement forward. We're going to try to address those."

Granderson wasn't in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers in Arlington, despite good career numbers (12-for-40, .300) against Cliff Lee. The alterations to Granderson's swing have been so notable, Long wants to offer one more day for them to marinate.

"Everything I've done up to this point is trying to get to the point I'm trying to get to, and there's a couple of moving parts," Granderson said. "We're just trying to eliminate some of those moving parts to get to the balance point every hitter is trying to get to, in strong balanced position ready to attack the baseball."

In short, Long wants to make Granderson's swing as short and compact as possible, correcting a lengthy swing that Granderson has been successful with in the past but may have now run its course.

"We've left it in there and tried to work within his scheme," Long said. "Up to this point, it hasn't worked right. We're going to try some new things, and he was completely open to it. As a matter of fact, he said, 'What would you suggest? I want to do something different.'"

Long also suggested that Granderson make his stance more square, alter the position of his hands and keep two hands on the bat during swings -- changes that were also suggested to Nick Swisher last year, first as a playoff Band-Aid and then in more intensive offseason workouts.

Owning a .239 batting average with 10 homers and 33 RBIs in his first 87 games as a Yankee, including just 21 hits in 102 at-bats (.206) against left-handed pitching, Granderson has submitted to three batting practice sessions with the alterations so far.

Long figures by the time the Yankees take the field in Kansas City on Thursday, Granderson will be moving toward reprogramming his swing with five or six runs under the microscope.

"Like he said, 'How much worse can it get?' And I agree," Long said.