Curtis Granderson Didn’t Originally Believe that His Forearm was Broken, But is Now Looking at the PositivesFebruary 27, 2013 – 6:20 am by Steven Cuce
This sure isn’t the way the New York Yankees wanted to start spring training after a turbulent offseason. Alex Rodriguez underwent hip surgery and steroid allegations. The Bronx Bombers lost a ton of home run power by letting Nick Swisher, Eric Chavez, Raul Ibanez and Russell Martin go. Now the man who hit 43 home runs last season, Curtis Granderson, is out for the first month and a half with a broken forearm.
The Yankees are now lacking more offensive production and have a major hole to fill in the outfield. New York may be falling on some hard times this season and that was already a given before spring training even started.
Curtis Granderson joined 98.7 ESPN New York with The Michael Kay Show to discuss missing the first month and a half of the season with a broken forearm, trying to take the positives out of the situation, not believing that his forearm was broken originally, his reaction when he found out the extent of the injury and forgiving J.A. Happ.
It’s been a couple of days. Has it sunk in yet that you are going to miss the first month and a half of the season?
“A little bit. At the same time, I am looking at all the positives. It happened in the first part of spring training, so the first five weeks of the rehab are going to be where the games don’t mean much. I had an injury similar to this a few spring trainings ago when I was with Detroit. I came back roughly in the same timetable that is expected for me here, which is towards the end of April and the beginning of May, so I came back and was able to play well that season and hopefully the same thing will happen this season.”
How frustrating is it that this happened so early into spring training?
“It’s crazy to think about all the things that happened in baseball. The ups and downs, the ins and outs, and the fact that it happened in my first at-bat. There’s not really much you can do about it. You look back at it and just kind of scratch your head thinking would have, could have and all these things, but it’s only going to make the situation worse. You gotta keep things positive — no surgery required, we are not in a hard cast. So we are able to get some treatment, which will hopefully speed up the process a little bit and we get our body and mind ready to go whenever that day happens to be.”
When the pitch hit you did you think the forearm was broken?
“I didn’t at first, especially since the pain didn’t move up or down my hand. My fingers felt fine. I still have all my movement there. Even my elbow and everything felt fine. Obviously there’s the adrenaline part of things that are going on and I knew I was probably going to come out of the game for precautionary reasons, but when I went an hour later to get the x-rays there still wasn’t throbbing pain. I ended up getting an x-ray and it was clear as day. You could see the line straight across. It wasn’t displaced. It wasn’t a complete shatter or even like that. Even right now, talking to you guys, I only have pain in that spot and I’m taking it all as a good thing. I can still do everything. I just finished eating and I can move around with my hands and fingers and all that good stuff. I am pretty good.”
You’re always under control. When the doctor came in and said you had a broken forearm what was your reaction?
“Actually it started with the x-ray technician’s 9-year-old daughter being in the room and they said if the 9-year-old could see it, that’s not a good thing. That’s the first thing I heard. The head dropped a little bit because I was expecting to hear positive news like it was just a deep bone bruise or something like that. But when the new doctor-to-be was able to see it and they brought me back to see it itself, the question started expanding forward: How long? What does this mean? What do we have to do? Hopefully not a cast. Hopefully not surgery. Different things ran into the head immediately.”
Is it difficult to forgive a pitcher when he knocks you out like that?
“Yeah. J.A. Happ actually reached out to me while I was in the x-ray room. Their trainers called our trainers to see how I was doing. At the time I told them, ‘Hey it should be good. I should be back in no time.’ After we found out it was broken and I received a text from him later that night saying he was definitely apologetic and it wasn’t on purpose and it just got away from him. I shot him a response back saying, ‘Of course, I know that. That’s part of the game. It’s something that happens and we’ll move on.’ I’ll come back from it. I wished him the best of luck and he’s going to keep doing it to get himself ready for spring training. I am going to get myself ready.”