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Girardi: Granderson will return as Yanks’ center fielder

Curtis GrandersonWhen Curtis Granderson returns to the Yankees’ outfield, he will do so as the center fielder, manager Joe Girardi confirmed on Sunday.

Girardi told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that he has decided to abandon the experiment of playing Granderson in left field with Brett Gardner moving to center field. Granderson is sidelined until May with a fractured right forearm.

“We don’t really have the chance to work on it,” Girardi said. “It’s just something that I’ve thought about. I don’t know how many games he would have in his rehab coming back, and that’s a concern for me. So I want him to be comfortable wherever he’s at, because his bat’s real important to us.”

Girardi added that if the Yankees take outfield prospect Melky Mesa on the roster to begin the season, he would play Mesa in center field and have Gardner in left field.

“Hypothetically, if Mesa’s the guy that goes, he’s played mostly center field,” Girardi said. “So Gardy would have to move to left in that situation.”

The Yankees are also considering Zoilo Almonte, Matt Diaz, Juan Rivera and Ronnier Mustelier among their choices to fill in for Granderson in April. If those players were in the lineup, Gardner would have to play center field with Ichiro Suzuki in right field.

“Until I sort out what we have, it’s going to be kind of difficult to determine how we do it,” Girardi said.

Yankees, Gardner avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Brett GardnerNEW YORK – The Yankees announced on Friday that they have agreed with outfielder Brett Gardner on a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available. Gardner, 29, was arbitration eligible for the second time and earned $2.8 million in 2012.

The Yankees have envisioned Gardner as either their starting left fielder or center fielder in 2013, with a chance that Curtis Granderson would move to a corner outfield spot.

Gardner was limited to just 16 games this year due to a right elbow strain suffered in April that later required arthroscopic surgery. He batted .323 (10-for-31) with two doubles and three RBIs at the big league level.

A career .266 hitter in 475 Major League games over five seasons, Gardner was a third-round selection of the Yankees in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

Another setback for Brett Gardner?

Brett Gardner came into the Tampa, Fla. training complex today feeling a little sore and was given the day off, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Girardi said that the soreness is “a concern” and called Gardner’s repeated troubles with his right elbow “puzzling.”

Another setback could knock Gardner out for the season. He hasn’t played in a Major League game since April 17.

Brett Gardner suffers setback; out until at least All-Star break

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner felt more pain in his right elbow this morning and will be sent to see a doctor on Monday.

Manager Joe Girardi said that he does not expect Gardner back until at least the All-Star break after this setback, his second since suffering a strain making an outfield catch in April. Girardi said that he cannot be sure exactly when the Yankees will get Gardner back. Gardner is going to see Dr. James Andrews early next week, as well as go for a second opinion from Dr. Timothy Kremchek.

“Something’s not right. He still feels stiffness,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. “He doesn’t feel right. … We’ll try to figure this thing out because we don’t have an answer to this.”

  • Yankees hurler Hiroki Kuroda has a bruise on his left foot but he believes he will be able to make his next scheduled start.

Gardner has setback, sent for MRI

Brett Gardner had a setback after coming out of last night’s Minor League rehab game and has been sent for another MRI on his right elbow.

Gardner had swelling in the muscular part of his elbow, according to Joe Girardi, which is a different injury than the bone bruise he has been on the disabled list for.

Girardi said he now does not know when the team will get Gardner back. The plan had been for him to rejoin the team today.

“We miss his presence in left field,” Girardi said. “But we’ve got to find a way to get it done without him.”

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