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Granderson: If Burnett apologizes, everything will be OK

A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees

A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees leaves the game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning with trainer Gene Monahan. (July 17, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

A.J. Burnett said he thinks "an apology is needed" after he suffered minor cuts on both hands while angrily pushing on a clubhouse door Saturday.

Maybe so. But Curtis Granderson, for one, won't hold Burnett's actions against him.

Burnett said he already had apologized to general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi and will apologize to the team today. Granderson said once the apology is given, all is forgiven.

"If he comes in and apologizes tomorrow, everybody, I'm sure, is going to accept it and be ready again to play tomorrow," Granderson said after the Yankees' 10-5 loss to the Rays.

Burnett indicated he will make his next scheduled start, and Granderson said he is not angry with him.

"No, not at all," said Granderson, one of a limited number of Yankees who appeared in the clubhouse after yesterday's loss. "Guys get angry, upset. They put more pressure on themselves than the outside and us teammates toward each other. No matter how good or bad the performance is, you know, guys put more pressure on themselves. It's frustration. That's always part of it."

After giving up three runs in the first two innings, including a two-run homer to Reid Brignac in the second, Burnett said he went into the clubhouse area and "double-pushed the door." He said he cut his hands on a plastic lineup-card holder that is attached to the door.

Burnett believed he could pitch the third inning, but after he hit Evan Longoria with a pitch, threw a wild pitch and allowed a run-scoring single to Carlos Peña, Girardi removed him from the game.

Granderson, watching the particularly wild Burnett from centerfield in the third inning, said he had no idea what the injury was until reporters told him after the game.

"I mean, I figured he was hurt for some reason, I just didn't know why," said Granderson, who went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. "And being 300 feet away [in centerfield], I'm not going to be able to find out anytime soon."

After coming in from the outfield, Granderson didn't find out in the dugout, either.

"I usually walk right past the pitchers,'' he said. "I usually don't say too much to them and focus on the other pitcher out there, so we can go ahead and try to get some good at-bats against them."


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