Curtis Granderson's absence was felt while he rehabbed a fracture in his right hand during the first month of the season. Now, the star center fielder is trying to make up for lost time and trying to help the Tigers recover from a sluggish start.

"I feel that my job is to hopefully be a catalyst for this team and get things going. I take a lot of pressure on myself if I start the game off slow because the rest of the team may or may not follow suit," Granderson told in a recent Players Talk interview.

"I feel like that's my job, to go ahead and somehow have a quality at-bat my first time up."

Granderson made history in 2007 by finishing the season with at least 20 stolen bases, 20 home runs, 20 doubles and 20 triples in a single season, joining Willie Mays, Frank Shulte and Jimmy Rollins as the only players in MLB history to accomplish that feat.

Granderson has also recently taken on a second career as a media personality. He was a guest analyst during the 2007 Playoffs for both ESPN and TBS and also writes a popular blog for