Granderson says he'll be ready for first series

Granderson says he'll be ready for first series

TAMPA, Fla. -- Monday's inclement weather has put a wrinkle into Curtis Granderson's plans as the outfielder tries to mend a strained right oblique and avoid a trip to the disabled list.

Heavy rains forced Granderson to work out indoors and swing in the batting cages at George M. Steinbrenner Field, though he still anticipates he will be ready to play in the Yankees' first series -- if not on Opening Day.

"I think I just need to play, whether it's here or on the Minor League side," Granderson said. "I need to play, and they need to see how I go, both offensively and defensively and on the bases."

The Yankees plan to have Granderson play in a Minor League game on Tuesday and another one on Wednesday, weather permitting. He would then fly to New York and join the team in time for Thursday's game against the Tigers.

"I feel that [being in the lineup] around that date, or very close to it, is really good," Granderson said. "The big thing again, like today and potentially [on Tuesday] with the rain is, when can I play?"

If Granderson goes on the DL retroactively, he could be eligible to play on April 6.

Chris Dickerson was acquired from the Brewers last week in part to serve as an option in case Granderson misses the beginning of the season, but Dickerson injured his left hamstring in his first spring game after taking the field with what he thought was minor tightness.

"It's really unfortunate," Dickerson said. "I tried to come out here and make a good impression and didn't tell anybody. That's my fault."