Granderson could be ready for Opening Day

After taking five rounds of indoor batting practice

After taking five rounds of indoor batting practice Monday, Curtis Granderson said he hoped to be able to play in Thursday's opener. Photo Credit: AP

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TAMPA, Fla. -- A day ago, there seemed to be little chance of Curtis Granderson making it back from his oblique injury in time for Opening Day. But there was a little more optimism Monday.

Though the rain that canceled Monday night's game against the Rays also kept Granderson indoors to take batting practice, he came through the session feeling good enough to start in a minor-league game Tuesday, weather permitting. He won't travel with the team to New York Wednesday and instead will play in another minor-league game. "If he gets through those two days, you would think he's ready to go,'' Joe Girardi said.

After five rounds of indoor batting practice, Granderson was cautiously optimistic. "Everything feels good, no setbacks,'' he said. "We're just continuing to move forward.''

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