Joe Girardi just announced that Brett Gardner will be the center fielder.
More to come.
UPDATE, 5:08 p.m.: The plan is for Melky to be on the team, Girardi said. But saying that is the plan is like saying he could be traded. … Melky said he was disappointed but that he would do whatever he could to help the team.
Said Girardi: “Both of them played great. Melky had a tough year last year but he came into camp, was ready to go and played very well. Gardy finished up strong (last season) and had a great camp and we’re just going to go with Gardy.”
UPDATE, 6:03 p.m.: Brett had already left the ballpark by the time we received the news. He has hit .418 with a .468 on-base percentage this spring counting the game against Team USA. Gardner has three doubles, two triples, three home runs, six RBI and five stolen bases. Cabrera hit .328 with a .400 on-base percentage. He had five extra-base hits and nine RBI.
They were pretty even in that regard. Girardi said they liked what Gardner’s speed to do, both offensively and defensively. Cabrera sort of is what he is, a fourth OF type. Gardner may or may not be more than that. But they need to find out.
“What happens April 6 doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what’s going to be June 1. As players, you have to perform. But right now we think Gardy has a little bit of an edge,” Girardi said. “It’s not going to be day by day. Gardy is our center fielder.”
The other aspect of today that was interesting is how dominant Phil Coke looks. He fanned four in two innings. Coke has whiffed 15 and walked one in 14 innings while allowing eight hits. He looks like an important — and versatile — part of the bullpen.
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