PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - After injuries limited Curtis Granderson to just 61 games with the Yankees a season ago, the Mets' newest outfielder intends to waste little time getting back into the action.
Granderson will get more game action than originally planned early in the Grapefruit League, which begins Friday matchup against the Nationals.
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"I want to treat it like a normal [camp]," Granderson said. "Let's get started, let's get going. Obviously, we'll pull back or increase when we need to."
Initially, manager Terry Collins planned to hold out Granderson from the team's early games to shield him from the risk of injury. But Granderson shared his desire to play immediately.
"I can play right away," said Granderson, who signed a four-year $60-million deal. "That's not going to bother me."
Viva Las Vegas
The Mets plan to take at least four starters to Las Vegas for a pair of preseason games against the Cubs March 15 and 16. David Wright, Travis d'Arnaud and Granderson are slated to make the trip, Collins said.
Ruben Tejada may also join the group. But Collins said he will allow Daniel Murphy to remain in Florida so he can be near his wife, who is expecting.
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