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Mets downplay injuries of Curtis Granderson, Yoenis Cespedes

Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets waits

Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets waits to hit during the Mets workout the day before Game 1 of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and Mets at Kauffman Stadium on Oct. 26, 2015 in Kansas City, Mo. Credit: Getty Images / Maxx Wolfson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Manager Terry Collins probably isn't on Facebook much. If he does have an account, though, he probably didn't hit the "like'' button on a photo on the official team account that inadvertently revealed a thumb injury suffered by Curtis Granderson in Game 3 of the NLCS.

First, just know that Granderson is fine for the World Series, which begins Tuesday night. He suffered the injury while sliding and played without incident in NLCS Game 4.

Granderson, in a photo on the Mets' official Facebook page, was wearing a wrap on his left thumb Sunday morning while getting on the team bus to go to the airport.

The photo, part of an album titled "The Team Departs for the World Series,'' moved along the Internet, as these things tend to do, and Collins was asked about it Monday. He seemed to be unaware that the photo had originated on an official team site.

"Cellphone cameras,'' Collins said. "Can't live with them, can't live without them. He jammed his thumb in Chicago on a slide. As precaution goes, he played the next day. He was fine.

"He's taken batting practice. He's fine. To relieve all -- you put him in a little protective wrap. It's not a sling. He's going to play. He's in there. Yeah, he had jammed his thumb. Now that it's out, let's keep anything else you want the rest of the league to know about us, just let us know.''

Granderson, who wore the wrap Monday during media day, said: "I played with it the last game in Chicago. Exact same tape you see right now. A lot made more so than what it was. Everything is good to go.''

Granderson and Juan Uribe are the only Mets who have played in the World Series. Uribe earned rings with the 2005 White Sox and the 2010 Giants. Granderson went 2-for-21 (.095) for the 2006 Tigers, who lost to the Cardinals in five games.

"I get a chance to be there in 2006 and came up short and think, 'Well, I'll get a chance to get back there sooner or later,' '' Granderson said. "But it took me nine years to finally get a chance to get back. Looking forward to right the wrongs from last time, win this thing and hopefully get a chance to do it again.''

As for the other slightly injured Mets outfielder, Yoenis Cespedes said he is "110 percent'' ready for Game 1 despite the sore left shoulder that forced him out of the NLCS-clinching Game 4 after an inning and a half.

Cespedes had a cortisone shot Thursday. He admitted through a translator that he "felt a little something'' during his first post-shot batting practice session Sunday but added, "This morning I woke up and I didn't feel anything.''

As for his now-famous golf game, Cespedes played golf the morning of Game 4 but said there was no link to his injury. "As long as I wake up and don't feel anything wrong,'' he said, "I'm going to play.''

Golf, he meant, and baseball, too.


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