Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson, who bruised his ribs, knee, and forearm while crashing into the outfield wall on Monday night, is nearing a return to the starting lineup.
Granderson remained in the game Monday after injuring himself, but was ultimately removed in the sixth inning. He had X-rays after the game that came back negative, but hasn’t appeared in a game since.
Granderson said Tuesday that he was less sore than he thought he would be (after suffering the bruises) and indicated that he would be back sooner rather than later.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that the plan is for Granderson to re-enter the lineup on Friday at Citi Field against the Braves.
With an off-day Thursday, the Mets will be able to give Granderson almost four full days off before their night game on Friday.
Placing Granderson on the disabled list never made sense since this is an issue of simply being able to play through a bit of pain. There’s nothing Granderson can exacerbate by playing through bruises.