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Yankees pregame: Grandy off center?

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 05, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees had seemed to have passed on moving Curtis Granderson from center to left after he broke his right forearm in his first at-bat of his first exhibition game and missed spring training. But Joe Girardi today opened up the possibility again that Granderson may not be in center when he returns, that Brett Gardner may stay there.

“We’ll decide that as time goes on,” Girardi said. “We’ve talked about Grandy; we just want to get him healthy. People have asked me a lot about, ‘When Grandy comes back, what are you going to do with your outfield if you have three guys who are playing pretty well?’ I said, ‘Well, Grandy is going to play. He’s a big part of our offense.’ But as we’ve seen around here, a lot can happen in a couple of weeks.”

Later, Girardi added, ‘We might toy around with some other things (for Granderson), left, right, other things. He’s getting reps everywhere right now.”

But that isn’t happening with Gardner next to him.

“That’s not my concern,” Girardi said. “My concern is how he reacts in all the different spots.”

Granderson has been playing extended spring games. And, of course, he had to get hit by a pitch Saturday in the arm. But this was in the triceps, according to Girardi.

“From what I understand, he’s OK. He’s kind of picking up where he left off,” Girardi said about him getting hit again.

The minor-league complex in Tampa will be packed with rehabbing major leaguers with several others set to join Granderson, including Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira.

“I know there’s a lot of big people there,” Girardi said. “I understand that. But that’s not going to be the focus of my day. The focus of my day is the people in this room right now and winning the game.”

David Robertson played catch for the second straight day. He plans to test that lower left hamstring again Tuesday prior to the game in Colorado, throwing on flat ground and then throwing a few pitches off a mound if that goes well. He said he just has a little tightness now.

“I don’t see why I can’t be ready,” Robertson said.

Andy Pettitte struggled without his signature cutter in his last start, against the Astros. Girardi doesn’t expect that to be a problem today, against the A’s.

“I’ll be completely shocked if it’s not there today,” Girardi said.





28 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Grandy off center?”

  1. fantasygame101 May 5th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    andy better not struggle again, otherwise the Yankees will have to call up a new catcher to be an everyday catcher.

  2. J. Alfred Prufrock May 5th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Yankee21, responded to you re CF in previous thread.

    Time to go watch Sid the Kid and the Russian :D

    Go Andy!

  3. Tar May 5th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    “Tar, the excuse that Cano is batting behind Gardner is at this point an excuse to me.”

    Do I think Gardner has the best base running instincts…no

    Do i think in this case he’s not running because Cano is hitting behind him… 1000% yes.

    And Cano knows he’s not going anywhere.

  4. Tar May 5th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    “Yesterday, Cano took a FB dead center of the plate that appeared to me a direct result of Cano giving Gardner a chance to steal.”

    I have noticed Cano doing this (leaving the bat on his shoulders and taking a pitch, no matter where it is) for a couple of years now. It has nothing to do with Gardner. I think it’s just him working the pitcher trying to get good pitches to hit.

  5. Jerkface May 5th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Cano tends to take pitches a lot in a manner where he decides before the pitch is even thrown he is going to take it. He puts the bat on his shoulder and sometimes even steps out of the box.

    Its a dumb thing Cano does by himself. He has done it for years.

  6. Jesus Bustero May 5th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Getting back Granderson and Pineda allows the Yankees to field offers for one of the extra OF and one of the extra starters. They don’t necessarily have to trade anyone but they should definitely listen and I would be shocked if they did not listen.

    For the OF when Granderson returns, I think teams would want Granderson or Gardner. I would take best offer and role with Ichiro + Wells + Grandy/Gardy.

    People want to caution against being shorthanded after a trade of a bat but there would be 3 starters in the OF after such a trade and Boesch, not to mention Heathcott, Williams, Flores and Austin.

    For the rotation when Pineda returns, I think teams would be interested in Hughes, Nova and Phelps. However, what a GM is willing to offer for any of them is a different story. I would think the most attractive offers would come in for Hughes but you never know.

    Again people want to caution against being shorthanded in the rotation but even if they trade one of the extra pitchers, they would still have a 6th starter in the BP or in AAA.

    The Yankees could clearly be in position to trade from surplus in the OF and the rotation. Heck if Cervelli had stayed healthy they would have been in a position to trade a minor league catcher and next year they will be.

  7. Tar May 5th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I guess I’m not the only one who has noticed it.

  8. 86w183 May 5th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I don’t like Cano in the 2-hole. It might be the ideal place to get Nunez going.

    As for the OF, Gardner doesn’t look any better than Granderson in CF and there’s little reason to believe Granderson will be as good or better than Gardner in LF so I’d go with that.

    Wells/Ichiro can platoon in RF w/Wells spelling Hafner at DH. In a week or so the Yanks should have Granderson and Youkilis back and that will be a much better looking lineup…. even more so when Tex returns.

  9. tucker May 5th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I wish Gardner had a little more of Nunie’ s recklessness on the base paths. If he did, he’d steal 80 bases.

  10. yankee21 May 5th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I have noticed Cano doing this (leaving the bat on his shoulders and taking a pitch, no matter where it is) for a couple of years now. It has nothing to do with Gardner. I think it’s just him working the pitcher trying to get good pitches to hit….

    Yup, Cano does this alot but in this case by the body language Cano had it appeared he let that pitch go in order for Gardner to steal.

    I could be wrong of course but that’s the way this one appeared.

  11. yankee21 May 5th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I had high hopes for Boesch and thought that was a good pick-up but to this point he has not impressed me offensively or in RF when he has played the field. He looks like a really flawed player which I guess is why DET let him go. OTOH he may be like most players that need actual playing time to improve.

    At any rate I imagine once Grandy comes back Boesch goes to SWB and then NY has 3 guys who can play CF and at least three guys who can play the corners +1 if Grandy will actually be used in LF or RF.

  12. Niblick May 5th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Will they still find a way to blame Romine if Andy pitches poorly again today?

  13. jacksquat May 5th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    The lineup has been hurt by injuries even if the players injured have their shortcomings.

    Tex > Overbay (overall)

    Arod > Nix

    Youk > Nix/Overbay/whoever dh’s vs lhp

    Cervelli > Stewart/Romine

    And of course Jeter and Granderson have value also.

  14. MG May 5th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    18-11 and the complaints still far outweigh the positives on the blog. If it were reversed I can only imagine the negativity-a true LoHud tradition.

    Andy is pitching today against a rookie who, from the highlights I saw, is going to give up some long balls.

    Assuming Andy has his decent/good stuff today this should be another win…

  15. mick May 5th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    The so-called Cashman Haters control this board so you’re the ones that are trying to place the muzzle on anybody trying to give Cashman some credit.

  16. mick May 5th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    complaining about our no name lineup that has produced, moved runners, hit w risp .
    it’s not as sexy as last years group but doing a better job…go figure.

  17. blake May 5th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Its a dumb thing Cano does by himself. He has done it for years.”

    Id rather him decide to take than decide to swing before the pitch is thrown but yea it is kinda a weird thing he’s always done

  18. mick May 5th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Do i think in this case he’s not running because Cano is hitting behind him… 1000% yes.
    well, he’s seeing more fastballs, less slop with gardy on in front of him
    guess that’s better on depending on gardy to steal

  19. Niblick May 5th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I think Binder Joe doesn’t let Gardner run when Cano is hitting second. Gardner doesn’t even take big leads or even pretend that he’s going.

  20. Tar May 5th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    When you complain about the so called complainers/haters you become more of a problem than the original complainers.

    At least the complainers/haters ( not my term! ) are keeping it to baseball. Where as the complaining about complainers crowd is just trolling.

    The complaining about complainers crowd should just keep posting their positive spin on things, stop whining and let the season play out.

    So stop complaining Mick

  21. mick May 5th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Im only complaining about the complainers.
    If they stop , so do I.

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