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Curtis Granderson may have declined a qualifying offer from the Yankees, but his career in pinstripes is not necessarily complete. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the New York Post that Granderson “is a serious part” of the club’s offseason blueprint, and that they could retain the left-handed hitting outfielder.
“We remain interested,” Cashman told the newspaper. “He is not a [fall-back] option.”
Yankees president Randy Levine said this week that Cashman is currently engaged with “five or six” free agents. The club is believed to have had contact with representatives for outfielders Carlos Beltran and Shin-Soo Choo, as Cashman has said that he would like to upgrade an outfield alignment that currently projects to field Alfonso Soriano, Brett Gardner, Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki.
Granderson was limited to 61 games this past season. His agent, Matt Brown, said during the GM Meetings that Granderson is “absolutely open” to coming back to the Yankees; the Mets and White Sox have also been reported to be interested.
If you’re bouncing around Central Park today and believe you’ve run into CC Sabathia, the chances are pretty good that you did. Sabathia and his PitCCh In Foundation are holding their “CC Challenge” today, a scavenger-hunt event in the style of TV’s ‘The Amazing Race.’
Sabathia was at a kickoff event on Friday night at the Lucky Strike bowling alley on Manhattan’s West Side and chatted a little bit with reporters, saying that he has talked with Robinson Cano – who stopped by after media availability had concluded, photos reveal – and believes the Yankees’ top priority needs to be keeping Cano in pinstripes.
He acknowledged that the Yankees have a bunch of other holes to fill, but pointed to the calendar, saying that there’s time. And if general manager Brian Cashman needs Sabathia to make a few telephone pitches along the way, Sabathia said that he’s game for that as well.
“I’m down for recruiting. I want to win,” Sabathia said. “It was hard to watch the Red Sox win the World Series this year. You want to be in that spot. Whatever you’ve got to do to get the guys to come play, that’s what you’ve got to do.”
Here’s a few more offseason updates for this Saturday morning:
Other names on the Yankees’ kitchen sink list reportedly include pitchers Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, Bronson Arroyo, Scott Feldman and Dan Haren, trying to flesh out a rotation that right now has only Sabathia and Ivan Nova as its locks (the Yanks also showed interest in trading for Haren back in September). The report states that Ervin Santana is not on the Yankees’ list, as the club apparently has concerns about how he would fit in New York.
Martino passes along a good point via FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal: for all the talk about Granderson’s power being a Yankee Stadium creation, he hit 47 homers at home and 37 on the road during his recent healthy seasons.
Here are the early notes as the Yankees (79-68) and Red Sox (89-59) get set to kick off a three-game weekend series here at Fenway Park.
Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.99) has the ball for the Yankees, and John Lackey (9-12, 3.48) goes for Boston. It was raining here this afternoon, but the tarp is off the field and we should start on time. Temperatures are right around 70 degrees, dropping as the night goes on.
- Bad news, if not completely unexpected, for Brett Gardner. Gardner has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his left oblique, and as you know, obliques are a tricky injury to figure out. Joe Girardi acknowledged that it is possible Gardner has played his last regular season game. There is some hope that Gardner could return as a pinch-runner before he can be a full player, but that depends on how this all heals. Girardi said that he wouldn’t expect to have Gardner back for the upcoming Blue Jays series, but he could be back for the playoffs if the Yankees get that far.
- Curtis Granderson is taking over for Gardner in center field, and he’s hitting leadoff tonight. Girardi said that he can move that around as the weekend goes on, but Granderson has had the flexibility to hit in seven different lineup spots this season so it’s not really anything new. Granderson has homered in two straight games, sending rockets out to Eutaw Street in Baltimore the last two nights.
- Austin Romine took some swings today and felt OK, but they’ll be very cautious bringing him back from a concussion. It’s possible Romine won’t be available to play all weekend.
- Boone Logan may have turned a corner in his rehab of a left elbow injury, as Girardi said that Logan felt better and wants to try playing catch again. It didn’t go well yesterday, as Logan said he shut down the session after about five tosses.
- Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to play third base tomorrow. He’s DHing tonight. Girardi said that once he gets A-Rod back to third base, he could go either way with Eduardo Nunez or Brendan Ryan at shortstop.
- Who’s closing tonight? That’s a “great question,” Girardi said. It won’t be Mariano Rivera or David Robertson, apparently, though I guess you can never say that for sure. Rivera has pitched in four of the Yanks’ last five games but didn’t rule out campaigning to pitch if needed.
- Girardi on the Baltimore scorer’s decision to credit Rivera with a win instead of a save last night: “I’d like to see him get a save, but when I woke up this morning, it didn’t change my life.”
My Beat The Streak picks today: Doubling down with Ichiro Suzuki (33-for-110 vs. Lackey) and Lyle Overbay (11-for-30 vs. Lackey). The streak is at zero, and you know what? I’m beginning to think that a run at Joe D. isn’t happening. There’s always 2014.
ST. PETERSBURG – Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a fractured fifth metacarpal of his left hand after being hit by a pitch during Friday’s game against the Rays and is again headed for the disabled list.
Granderson was drilled by a 90 mph sinker from Tampa Bay left-hander Cesar Ramos in the fifth inning of Friday’s contest and initially stayed in the game to run the bases, with first base coach Mick Kelleher waving off the training staff.
By the time Granderson reached third base, television cameras caught him grimacing and flexing. Manager Joe Girardi and assistant trainer Mark Littlefield visited Granderson at third base and he stayed in long enough to score on Jayson Nix’s RBI walk.
Granderson appeared unable to put his batting glove back on his left hand and left for the clubhouse after scoring. X-rays were taken at Tropicana Field, revealing the fracture, and he was replaced in right field by Ichiro Suzuki.
It has been a rough year for Granderson, who missed the first six weeks of the regular season after suffering a fractured right forearm when he was hit by a pitch in the Yanks’ first Spring Training game on Feb. 24. Granderson was playing in just his eighth big league game of the year.
The fracture is the same one that Alex Rodriguez suffered last July after being hit by a Felix Hernandez pitch in Seattle. Rodriguez missed approximately six weeks.
Curtis Granderson is in New York for a checkup on his right wrist and shagged fly balls today at Yankee Stadium, and he’s also taking part in a charity event at a Brooklyn high school tomorrow morning.
We’ll have those updates on Yankees.com shortly, but I wanted to pass along Granderson’s scouting report on Derek Jeter’s progress since updates have become a bit scarce — even Joe Girardi has stopped asking for Jeter’s daily progress report, saying, “I’m not going to actively seek it out every day. It’s kind of a pain in the rear end.”
That seems to suggest that Jeter isn’t close to getting into any games, and Girardi said he didn’t know what Jeter did today. But Granderson offered a more encouraging take on how the captain has looked down at the club’s Minor League complex in Tampa:
“He’s looking good. Our schedules don’t always mix, but the one day which was a physically difficult day for us, he was taking batting practice that day and the ball was going all over the place. He was driving it well to left field, to right field, to center field, and I got a lot of work that day out there shagging when him and his group were hitting. That’s a good sign. In terms of all his throwing and running and all that good stuff, I don’t see that all the time, but I did see his hitting that day and it all looked really good.”
When 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.
Brian Cashman was standing on the field this afternoon during batting practice, noting that the group of reporters huddled around him must be having a boring spring so far — that was why, he joked, the Yankees were drumming up the drama of seeing how Curtis Granderson looked in left field.
There’s no shortage of storylines now, and the Yankees aren’t in much of a laughing mood.
Granderson suffered a fracture of his right forearm after being hit by a J.A. Happ fastball in the first inning of today’s 2-0 Yankees loss to the Blue Jays, and while Granderson is expected to be back in the Bombers’ lineup around the first week of May, the course of the team’s spring planning has been disrupted.
“It’s baseball,” Cashman said. “If you’re going to have injuries, you’d rather have them this time of the year than when you’re missing games that count. Obviously if Curtis is going to miss almost two months, you’d rather at least one of the two don’t count.”
Cashman and manager Joe Girardi did not have many answers to provide after the game, though this seems to settle the idea that Brett Gardner will be in center field to begin the season. The list of in-house left field options begins with Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera, both of whom are in camp as non-roster invitees trying to lock up jobs, and continues into a younger group of candidates that includes Melky Mesa, Zoilo Almonte, Ronnier Mustelier and Adonis Garcia.
“It’s not what you want. No one’s going to feel sorry for you,” Girardi said. “We had to figure it out last year. This club has been really resilient, I’ve seen, for a long time here, and we’ll just have to figure it out.”
We’ll have plenty more to explore on this topic in the days to come, so here’s a roundup of the other notes and quotes in camp:
- We’re skipping ahead here, but Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano told Carrie Muskat that he doesn’t know if he’d approve a trade to the Yankees. Also, Angels outfielder Vernon Wells told Alden Gonzalez that Granderson’s injury “just stinks for them. It has nothing to do with me.”
- Eduardo Nunez clearly didn’t impress the Yankees with those three games in left field last season. Nunez is not one of the internal choices to play left field, at least as far as Cashman is concerned.
- Derek Jeter is expected to start playing in exhibition games around March 10. The Yankees will start him at designated hitter and then ease him into duty at shortstop.
- Phil Hughes (back spasms) started working out in a pool at the Yanks’ Minor League complex. He’s still about a week away from picking up a baseball.
- Francisco Cervelli is indeed out of Minor League options, Cashman confirmed. There had been some confusion earlier in the year on the topic. Cervelli and Chris Stewart, it would seem, have a solid advantage over Austin Romine to make the team.
- Cashman said that the Yankees have “future everyday right fielder scouting grades” on Zoilo Almonte, who opened some eyes by throwing out a runner at third base and hitting an opposite field homer on Saturday against the Braves. Special assistant Jim Hendry told Cashman that he hasn’t seen Almonte have a bad day yet.
- Adam Warren threw two scoreless innings in his spring debut, including a hit-by-pitch of Brett Lawrie that he said wasn’t intentional. Also, Dellin Betances will begin the year as a Triple-A starter.
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TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson was hit on the right forearm by a pitch in his first plate appearance of the spring and was forced to leave Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays.
Granderson was drilled by an inside pitch from Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ in the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The club announced that Granderson suffered a bruised right forearm and was sent to Dr. Daniel Murphy for precautionary X-rays.
The 31-year-old Granderson played the top half of the first inning in left field, as the Yankees plan to gauge the experiment of having Granderson shift to left field this spring with Brett Gardner taking over duties in center field.
Granderson hit a team-leading 43 homers for New York last season, batting .232 with 106 RBIs in 160 games.
NEW YORK – The Yankees announced on Monday that they have chosen to exercise 2013 contract options for second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Curtis Granderson and right-handed reliever David Aardsma.
The options on Cano and Granderson are worth $15 million each, while Aardsma’s option is worth $500,000. None of the three choices were considered to be especially surprising decisions for the Yankees.
Cano batted .313 with a career-high 33 home runs and 94 RBIs in 161 regular season games before fading in the postseason as the Yankees were swept in four games by the Tigers in the American League Championship Series.
The 30-year-old Cano has compiled eight straight seasons of at least 150 hits to begin his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marks the longest streak since the Cubs’ Ryne Sandberg did so in 10 straight seasons beginning in 1983.
Granderson led the Yankees with his career-high 43 home runs during the regular season, batting .232 with 102 runs scored and 106 RBIs in 160 games. He also set a new Yankees franchise record with 195 strikeouts, surpassing his own club record of 169 set in 2011.
The 30-year-old Granderson leads the Major Leagues with 84 home runs since the start of the 2011 season and is just the third Yankees player to record consecutive seasons (2011-12) with at least 100 runs, 40 homers and 100 RBIs, joining Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Aardsma, 30, appeared in one September game for the Yankees after spending most of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery. The former big league closer could figure prominently in the Yankees’ bullpen plans next season.
The Yankees are expected to consider contract extensions for Cano and Granderson at some point in the future.
NEW YORK – Curtis Granderson jumped into the cleanup spot for the first time as a Yankee on Sunday, bringing his team-leading 32 homers into the No. 4 slot in the club’s batting order.
“He’s been swinging the bat pretty good the last couple of days,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s had some success off of [Josh] Beckett as well. With some of our guys out, I just felt I’d put Curtis there.”
Granderson entered play on Sunday with 10 hits in 36 career at-bats against Beckett (.278), owning three home runs and two triples. He had just five hits in his last 29 at-bats, but has homered in back-to-back games.
“He went through somewhat of a difficult time but he seems to be coming out of it,” Girardi said. “Maybe it was the couple of days off that we gave him that seemed to help him. I like the way he’s swinging now.”