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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.

Sunday’s camp notes: Going without Granderson

Curtis GrandersonBrian 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.

 

Curtis Granderson hit by pitch, leaves game

UPDATED 2:07 p.m. ET

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.

Yankees exercise options on Cano, Granderson, Aardsma

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.

Granderson hitting cleanup for first time as a Yankee

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.”

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