Curtis Granderson's power stroke pays off as he hits 2 home runs
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - The Mets signed Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60-million contract precisely for his ability to hit home runs. In Tuesday's 6-2 Grapefruit League victory over the Astros, Granderson flashed that power.
The former Yankees slugger hit a pair of homers, both of which easily cleared the rightfield fence at Tradition Field.
"I hope to see about 25 more of those when the bell rings," manager Terry Collins said.
Before injuries limited Granderson to just 61 games last year, he had slugged more than 40 homers in each of the previous two seasons.
Collins had initially planned to hold Granderson out of the team's early exhibition games. But Granderson requested more game action.
"The only way I'm going to get ready is to play," he said. "I feel like for me, at-bats help me out the most."
The Mets hoped to give Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada the chance to re-establish themselves. But leg injuries have landed all three on the shelf.
"To have it happen this early in camp was a little surprising," Collins said. "Because we planned on getting them some playing time and that certainly is not something that has been able to come about."
Collins said Davis (calf) and Tejada (hamstring) might not be ready to play until Friday. Meanwhile, Duda (hamstring) remains sore, and it's unclear when he'll return to action.
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With Neil Best