03/22/08 4:26 PM ET
Granderson hit by pitch, should be OK
Tigers outfielder to have precautionary X-rays on right hand
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
Granderson was leading off the fourth inning when a fastball from Phillies left-hander Travis Blackley ran in on Granderson and hit him near the base of his hand. Athletic trainer Steve Carter attended to Granderson, who stayed in the game at first base for the next batter before heavy rains halted the game.
Had the game not been halted, Granderson said, he thinks he could've continued. Had the game restarted after the delay, however, he would not, since his hand was already being iced.
"Just for precautionary reasons, go check it out," Granderson said. "My reactions, I guess, made them think [it was more serious], but I grimace at anything. They think it's more [of a bruise]."
The Tigers have had their fair share of injuries already, from reliever Fernando Rodney's sore shoulder that will force him onto the disabled list to open the season to the leg cramps that delayed designated hitter Gary Sheffield's spring game action. Outfielder Marcus Thames missed close to a week with a strained left pectoral muscle.
This injury, however, does not sound likely to cost Granderson at-bats, of which he expects to get plenty down the stretch after being rested off and on early in the spring. He has played in nine of Detroit's last 11 games and has started every game since a scheduled personal off-day last Monday, which every player receives at some point in camp.
Granderson is batting .306 this spring, with three doubles, three triples, four home runs, eight RBIs and a team-high 12 runs scored.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.