As I type this, Curtis Granderson is in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees lineup for the first game of a double header. If all goes to plan, chances are good he’ll be in center field at Yankee Stadium tomorrow.
“If everything goes OK, it’s pretty good,” Joe Girardi said.
Girardi said Granderson is an option to bat second, but he didn’t commit to any specific lineup. He only said that he wants to stick with Nick Swisher as the team’s primary No. 6 hitter to break up the left-handed bats.
With Juan Miranda getting regular starts at designated hitter, the Yankees have a lot of lefties to break up. Assuming a lineup of “everyday” players, the Yankees could break up the lefties by batting Granderson second, Miranda seventh and Brett Gardner ninth. They could also move Granderson back into the No. 7 spot, which would mean Gardner batting second and potentially having Granderson and Miranda back-to-back. Whatever the order, the Yankees will be happy to finally have their outfield back together.
“We’ve had to shuffle around our outfield,” Girardi said. “Guys have played more than we expected at the beginning of the season. We’ve missed an impact bat.”
• Alfredo Aceves update: “He saw the doctor yesterday and went to therapy today,” Girardi said. “It was reported that he might have another epidural and that’s not the case.”
• Jorge Posada update: “He saw the doctor and we’re going to meet with Jorge tomorrow,” Girardi said. “He his feeling better. We’re going to try to come up with a course of action. I can’t tell you exactly when he’ll begin baseball activities. I want to see him, and see how he’s moving around, and see what we’re going to do.”
• Just an aside, Granderson went through several days of taking fly balls and batting practice before he began a rehab stint. Girardi didn’t say when Posada would start one, but I’ll be surprised if it’s before the end of the weekend.
• Twins manager Ron Gardenhire expressed some frustration that Girardi was allowed to send Andy Pettitte to throw some warm up pitches last night before ultimately bringing in Mariano Rivera to pitch the ninth. Pettitte went to the mound strictly as a stall tactic. “It’s within the rules,” Girardi said. “I have that option to send a starter out there to get my closer ready. It’s the second game and I wasn’t going to warm him up if I wasn’t going to use him.”
• Girardi said he doesn’t plan to use Dave Robertson tonight, but Robertson himself feels fine after being drilled by a line drive last night. “My belt took most of it,” Robertson said.
• Don’t rule out the idea of seeing Rivera again tonight. “I’ll talk to Mo and see how he feels,” Girardi said. “By the time he gets in it would be a full 24 hours.”
• Both Phil Hughes and CC Sabathia have already flown to New York. Hughes is starting tomorrow, and Sabathia has a day game on Saturday. The Yankees didn’t want either pitcher getting into town at 4 a.m.
• Girardi on what’s causing Mark Teixeira’s struggles: “At times he’s not letting the ball get deep enough. He’s out in front. He’s over the top.”
• With Granderson coming back, Girardi said he’ll likely give Gardner a day off soon. He also might give Francisco Cervelli a day off soon, possibly as early as tomorrow. “We’ll see what tonight brings,” Girardi said.
Thanks to Mike Cummings and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees — and to their photographer Jessica Kovalcin — for the Granderson photo.