Yankee Granderson faces fitness race for opener

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson could miss opening day of the regular season after he suffered a strained right abdominal muscle during batting practice on Tuesday.

Granderson said he does not believe the injury to be serious but will be re-evaluated on Wednesday when the team will know more about his availability for the March 31 season-opener against the Detroit Tigers.

"Hopefully, it's low-level, but it's too early to give it a call," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the team's website (

"Obviously, he felt something, and we'll take the cautious road. We'll get a better feel in the next few days how cautious we need to be."

Granderson hit .247 with 24 home runs and 67 RBIs last season in his first with the Yankees after spending the beginning of his career with the Tigers.

New York has already dealt with identical injuries during pre-season training to pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Sergio Mitre, along with outfielder Greg Golson.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)