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Yankees pregame: Welcome back, Grandy; and of course, there’s another injury

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 14, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Curtis Granderson is back in pinstripes after five Triple-A rehab games. He will wear padding in tonight’s return vs. Seattle — on his right elbow, his twice broken right hand and, of course, the right forearm that was broken during the first at-bat of his first exhibition game. More interesting than the hitting stuff is the fielding stuff. Granderson is in left for this game.

“I’m ready to play,” Granderson said. “It doesn’t matter where it happens to be. I’ve said that before. Joe (Girardi) knew that before. So did (Rob) Thomson. I got a chance to work in right, center and left in the minor leagues. So I’m ready as I can for that. Obviously Yankee Stadium and all the big-league stadiums are going to be another challenge as well. But we go out there there today and take the first step.

“The main thing I’ve got to do is just go out there and get balls off the bat. You can’t mirror game-like swings and game-like intensity until you’re actually out there in it. I’ll get a chance to talk to Vernon Wells, who has been playing exceptionally out there. I’ll get a chance to talk to Brett Gardner, who has played a lot out there.”

Girardi didn’t spell out how he was going to use his four outfielders, but you would think that Granderson would mostly play left and move to center or right when Brett Gardner or Ichiro Suzuki has a day off. He could also get some DH at-bats, especially if Travis Hafner is down for a while. Yes, another injury. The oft-injured Hafner’s right shoulder has been sore, so he’s going to get an MRI. He’s expected to miss at least a couple of games. Vernon Wells had been playing left, but he’s the DH tonight. He’s also still a good outfielder, fine in left. Ichiro can play right or left (or even center), but he has an arm more suited for right.

“I don’t think it hurts to give a guy a day off here and there, spread it around a little bit,” Girardi said. “Grandy, you can’t expect him to go seven, eight days in a row right out of the chute. I think that would be unfair to him. Get him kind of back into playing every day. But they’re all going to play a lot. That’s the bottom line.”

Girardi said Hafner’s shoulder has “been bothering him for a little bit. He’s managed it and he’s played through it. He’s been fairly productive for us. But we’re just taking some precautionary things to see where he’s at and make sure we’re not missing anything.”

Girardi wouldn’t comment on talk that third baseman David Adams will be called up from Triple-A tomorrow when he’s eligible (after being released at the end of spring training).

 

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62 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Welcome back, Grandy; and of course, there’s another injury”

  1. Russell Munson May 14th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    “Girardi wouldn’t comment on talk that third baseman David Adams will be called up from Triple-A tomorrow when he’s eligible (after being released at the end of spring training).”

    That’s because he hasn’t decided on Davey or Adamsy yet.

  2. Ys Guy May 14th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    great to see granderson back.

    he gets alot of hate here, and the k’s drive you crazy, but 40/100 is BIG especially for a team that’s offensively challenged.

    welcome back curtis!

  3. Nick in SF May 14th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    re-post:

    Part of the attraction of AT&T Park is that you get views like this (and better) from inside the park:

    https://twitter.com/sftweeindieguy/status/332688633079422976/photo/1

    San Francisco is one of the top tourist destinations in the country and AT&T Park is a lot more of a draw than that dog over in Oakland.

    And of course the Giants have won the World Series twice in the last three seasons. They have a pretty decent home sellout streak going, I think, and they also have promotions practically every other game, from bobblehead and gnome figurine giveaways to ethnic heritage nights — Left-Handed Aleutian Heritage Night was my personal favorite, but I’m right-handed so it’s hard for me to work the left-handed whale blubber extractor that they gave away that night.

  4. Jesus Bustero May 14th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Andrew Wiggins, the most exciting basketball prospect since Lebron has decided to attend Kansas University. Congrats to the Jayhawks. He looks like a special player.

    Oh and I want to welcome to town Kelly Shoppach and the Seattle Mariners.

  5. fantasygame101 May 14th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Hafner played more bec. the great ben Francisco was being pitched around a lot.

  6. randy l. May 14th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    “As long as they keep winning…..”

    blake-

    winning just gets them in deeper thinking they’re ok :)

  7. MG May 14th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Nick in SF May 14th, 2013 at 5:07 pm
    Left-Handed Aleutian Heritage Night was my personal favorite, but I’m right-handed so it’s hard for me to work the left-handed whale blubber extractor that they gave away that night.
    ————————-
    Nick, given SF’s tradition of inclusion rather than exclusion, I believe it would be difficult for the Giants to only honor left handed Aleutians, they would have to honor all of them including the ones who had lost their hands while hunting whales.

  8. Nick in SF May 14th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Another tearful reunion is on the docks for this evening as the Giants face their former buddy Melky Cabrera. Manager Bochy is going to be giving Melky his World Series ring in a small ceremony.

    There’s an SF Chronicle article about it and about how much the current Giants have moved on after what Melky did, but it’s for digital subscribers only. “Past to go unspoken at Cabrera reunion” is the headline and “Civil reunion with Cabrera anticipated” is the headline after the flip.

    The decision not to activate Melky during the playoffs was made by Brian Sabean and Bochy “with some input from players.”

    Short Giants blog post about it:

    http://blog.sfgate.com/giants/.....day-night/

  9. Against All Odds May 14th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Shame Spencer May 14th, 2013 at 4:02 pm
    First the Backstreet Boys and now this….what’s next the powerball

    ———————-

    Definitely buying myself a ticket. If I win I’ll buy the blog and hire Chad. I guess I could let him still work on the blog….

    ——————–

    lol *spits out water*

  10. Doreen May 14th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I can attest To the amazingness of AT&T Park. Had a great time there even though we had three layers of clothing on in August. Thanks to Mr. Nick in SF, my family w prepared. Great park, great fans, great history, great view, and the food choices were pretty good too. AND the piece de resistance was it was Jerry Garcia night. Awesome!!!

  11. MG May 14th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Doreen May 14th, 2013 at 5:19 pm
    I can attest To the amazingness of AT&T Park. Had a great time there even though we had three layers of clothing on in August.
    ——————————————-
    Doreen, you caught it on a warm night :)

  12. Nick in SF May 14th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Two words, Doreen: contact high.

  13. Doreen May 14th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Randy tht made me laugh.

  14. bruceb May 14th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Would they have brought Granderson back quite so quickly if they didn’t already know Pronk was injured? I would have liked to have seen him get more reps in the Minors to be honest.

  15. Frankg May 14th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Hafner and Youkillis. Not exactly specimens of good health when they signed them. Just the ticket for an old and brittle team! Hafner not even capable of playing defense!

  16. jpb173 May 14th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I actually don’t think it would hurt the Yankees if Hafner went on the DL for 2 weeks. He is a valuable hitter but can’t help out in the field or pitch. It would be nice to have another player up for 2 weeks while Travis recharges his batteries and gets healthy.

  17. randy l. May 14th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    doreen-

    i tried to put a little yogi in it :)

  18. Doreen May 14th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Nick in SF, After that night I no longer really felt honest saying I’d never partaken. Lol

  19. yankeefeminista May 14th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    repost
    ___
    MG, I am not associating good or bad fans with the noise their crowds produce, but with how into the game and how knowledgeable the crowd is. Many families had had Yankee tickets going back to the 1920′s, and there is nothing like sitting in a section with people who have that kind of legacy, know the history, and live and bleed Yankees. It’s a great both bonding and learning experience to have watched games with those people including members of my family over time. And of course within that group you have new fans and non-season ticket holders, all welcome, but there was a community in the seats at OYS that no longer exists, and the NYS crowd is a reflection of that. Unlike with the Yankees I think with football relocation, there was some attempt to keep sections together to a greater extent, although I realize that is hard to do. Those are the people who I am used to seeing at Yankee Stadium, diehards who speak as one voice, not the crowd led by Public Address cheerleading. I don’t know about the corporate 50′s, but this new touristy breed of fan who has a marginal interest in the game and has his or her back to the action is too prevalent at NYS. That’s life, and things change. It just isn’t the same crowd, and anyone who attended games at the old Stadium with any regularity would concur. That said, I still love attending games at the new ballpark.

  20. yankeefeminista May 14th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Rich in NJ May 14th, 2013 at 4:04 pm
    Guys like Youk and Hafner were expected to break down physically.
    __
    Yep. A reason while you appreciate what they have given you, you don’t expect to be able to rely on them. We are lucky we have some depth, FWIW. It’ll be nteresting to see who exactly this team is going into the playoffs.

  21. Don May 14th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Hafner hasn’t done much for weeks, it seems. We are not losing much to have him go on the DL now.

  22. J. Alfred Prufrock May 14th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    randy l. May 14th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    doreen-

    i tried to put a little yogi in it :)
    ////

    It made her laugh, it made me nod up and down.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock May 14th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    It’ll be nteresting to see who exactly this team is going into the playoffs.
    ///

    Interesting? Or terrifying? :D

  24. yankeefeminista May 14th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Hafner likely has been playing through the injury, as Girardi said above. Problem is that you don’t want guys playing through this stuff to the extent that they have to be DL’d or that their presence in the lineup hurts the team. Gratefully, we have Grandy back… and Adams will be up tomorrow. Hopefully, he quickly gets reps.

  25. MG May 14th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    yankeefeminista May 14th, 2013 at 5:26 pm
    repost
    ___
    MG, I am not associating good or bad fans with the noise their crowds produce, but with how into the game and how knowledgeable the crowd is.
    ———————
    YF, I’m not taking issue with the type of crowd at OYS but most of my games there were in the ’50s through the mid 70′s and there weren’t that many season ticket holders back then.

    I was at a game in the mid 60s early in the season when Billy Rohr almost no hit the Yankees until Ellie Howard got a base hit in the 9th inning, there couldn’t have been more than 15,000 people there. Another game in those years on a Wednesday afternoon, against the Red Sox, drew under 3,000 people.

    New York was really a National League town when the Dodgers and Giants were there, Yankees fans were in the minority back then.

    I’m only trying to give you a little different perspective on the Yankees and their fans from an earlier time-my dad grew up in the Bronx in the 20′s and Yankee fandom in my family goes back to the Babe and Lou Gehrig.

  26. luis May 14th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Are you guys going to the park tonight?

  27. luis May 14th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    How come New York was a national League City? Having the Yankees around?

  28. J. Alfred Prufrock May 14th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I’m sorry to miss C vs. Felix tonight, but with Montero out of the lineup, I don’t feel quite as bad. I could not have attended, regardless, because of my NHL Eastern Conference semifinal opening tonight, but this makes it go down a little easier :). It’s a shame the Mariners play so far out West; Felix & his changeup are always worth seeing. If they’re in Baltimore later this year, I may make a trip down there. Only 3 hours, the best ballpark, and a very underrated town. Also exciting to take in a game with so much young talent on both teams.

    Nice to see Romine get the nod again, though. :)

  29. J. Alfred Prufrock May 14th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    luis May 14th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Are you guys going to the park tonight?
    ////

    primo, the NHL went and scheduled my team’s opener tonight, which sucks. I wanted extra rest for our two best players and our top sniper, but that’s how it falls.

    Montero’s absence makes it a little less of a conflict, although I’ll miss the C and Felix matchup. I haven’t seen C since he lost all that velo, but I’ll manage to make it to a few home starts.

  30. Doreen May 14th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Randy

    We could all use a little yogi every now and then. That guy has perspective. ;)

  31. MG May 14th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    luis May 14th, 2013 at 5:36 pm
    How come New York was a national League City? Having the Yankees around?
    —————————
    it just was, luis, it’s tough to explain.

    I grew up in Brooklyn so obviously there were more Dodgers fans there than Yankees but the Yankees were considered the team for the rich-the Dodgers and Giants were more for the working classes.

    I’m just giving you my impression based on my experiences, I’m sure there are many references in print about this.

  32. luis May 14th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Primo,

    Good luck with your NHL game… Not much of a hockey fan… Not much of an ice skater either, maybe that’s why? ;)

    MG,

    Mind boggling… When I lived in NY back in the 80′s, there weren’t that many Met fans, even though on those years they had a few very good teams and players ( Gooden and Strawberry )… Maybe I just hanged out with the Yankee folk

  33. MG May 14th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    luis May 14th, 2013 at 5:52 pm
    MG,

    Mind boggling… When I lived in NY back in the 80?s, there weren’t that many Met fans, even though on those years they had a few very good teams and players ( Gooden and Strawberry )… Maybe I just hanged out with the Yankee folk
    ————————
    the Mets, with one of the worst teams in baseball history, actually outdrew the Yankees in 1964, the last time they played in the World Series until the mid-70s.

    I just checked the attendance figures for both teams, since the 70′s the better team has had higher attendance (for the most part).

    New York seems much more like a Yankees town now than during any time in my life.

  34. yankeefeminista May 14th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    luis, hopefully, it depends on a number of things that are still developing.

    MG, thanks, I am very interested in hearing about your experience. My Dad and granddad grew up in Manhattan and the Bronx and were fervent Yankee fans, as is my mom. So, I have heard many stories about how NY was a National League town. But I too was a Yankee fan before the crowd dynamic of the mid 90′s, so I too have experienced OYS when no one attended games. In the winning years, including 2009 when I attended all the playoff games, I have to say that the NYS crowd disappointed and can’t hold a candle to OYS crowd-wise. However, I know in spite of its construction, that NYS has the ability to rock. That place was loud when we won the 2009 WS, but it was out of its mind crazy on Jeet’s 3000th hit day. But then the fans have a love fest with Jeet, and that one day brought that out. Interesting to see what the Stadium is like at Mo’s last game.

    Heading out. Have a great game, C and Yankee people!

  35. comnsnse May 14th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Oh my, didn’t I predict what coach speak we would hear about Hafner not hitting well lately?

    And Luis fortunately you weren’t hung out! ;)

  36. CompassRosy May 14th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    It’s a shame the Mariners play so far out West; Felix & his changeup are always worth seeing.

    ~~~

    as are Kuma and his splitter ;-)

  37. yankeefeminista May 14th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Pruf, I’ve got my iphone/ipad with me and ready to watch from wherever I end up. Go Pens!

  38. comnsnse May 14th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    YF re: today’s fan and moi who dates to the 40′s.

    Do you text or use your phone while at any games?

  39. luis May 14th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks MG,

    It sure gives me some perspective

  40. J. Alfred Prufrock May 14th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Primo,

    Good luck with your NHL game… Not much of a hockey fan… Not much of an ice skater either, maybe that’s why?
    ///

    I’ll take it, primo, thanks. All you need to know is Sid Crosby is the best player in the world, and Evgeny Malkin’s second :D

  41. comnsnse May 14th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    YF, you’ve already answered which it would seem makes you one of those fans not necessarily focusing on the game,yes?

    Watch those foul balls! ;)

  42. J. Alfred Prufrock May 14th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    yankeefeminista May 14th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Pruf, I’ve got my iphone/ipad with me and ready to watch from wherever I end up. Go Pens!
    ///

    Some disturbing defensive pairings from practice yesterday better not see the ice tonight! But I’ll get into that on the other blog ;) Go Pens :D

  43. luis May 14th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks for the spelling lesson ;) I am a little ashamed by it

  44. austinmac May 14th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Iwakuma’s stats are pretty darn good. Two tough pitchers to start.

    Hafner missing time is expected. His body doesn’t seem capable of it. If he does nothing more, and I am certainly not predicting that, he has been extremely valuable and critical to the great start.

    We needed to get to mid-May with a decent start. They have far surpassed that. It sure is good to have Granderson stepping in as the lefty power for Hafner.

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock May 14th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    cmnsnse,

    Talented people can watch a baseball game and also manage to check on how their hockey team’s doing. Because of the nature and rhythm of baseball, this is entirely doable.

  46. austinmac May 14th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I hope attendance and ratings pick up with a great start. They need to be portrayed as resilient and tough rather than using smoke and mirrors.

  47. luis May 14th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Primo,

    Wasn’t it Brusilov?? And those Soviet players?

  48. comnsnse May 14th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Luis, since the Yankees of yore were consistently playing in the WS and winning most those National league fans were so disconsolate they assumed NY was National League city. Sort of a self induced state of denial!

    While we Yankee fans assumed we only played the regular season as something to do until we whupped up on NL teams in the series! :)

    From 47-64 the Yanks played in the series 15 times losing only 5, winning two out of every three. NY was and is the NYY!

  49. luis May 14th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Comnsnse,

    :D That would explain it ;) .. Seriously though, The Yankee dominance was so strong, that maybe that fueled the rest of the teams fan base?

  50. luis May 14th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    See ya at game time guys

  51. J. Alfred Prufrock May 14th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    luis,

    New York is a National League town because the old-time writers and columnists who wielded all the power over public opinion were Dodger fans (more than Giant fans).

    Guys like Dick Young spent careers trying to discredit and bring down the New York Yankees.

    I may get out to the park tomorrow or Thursday. Because of a peculiarity in the schedule, we don’t play again until Friday.

    Unfortunately, Friday night probably also will present a stage for the most fascinating pitching duel of maybe the year in Trenton, between Jo-Ram and Orioles’ ‘spect Kevin Gausman, who had a 32-1 K/BB ratio in six AA games. I may have to just trust my hockey team that night to get it done without me ;).

  52. comnsnse May 14th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Wow Pru, another precinct heard from? Walking and chewing gum next?

    The point was and is YF alluded to folks not paying attention or investing in real baseball dialogue with other attendees, because they were distracted. Ergo investing in other sports while at a different one! A maddening occurrence at many games for long time fans.

    She also noted quite correctly that in some ways it was a reflection on the”newbies” attending the games who display an attitude that the game is simply entertainment.

    And how she yearned for the old timers who were engaged in what was happening on the field with the perspective of being long time fans with knowledge of the nuance and vagaries of the game.

    I applaud her nostalgic point of view as I too feel the same way while understanding it’s a different time.

    So spare me the defense attorney prattle, I was simply joshing her and pointing out the obvious!

  53. comnsnse May 14th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Luis, what it fueled was losing to the Yanks.

    So they ran away! ;)

  54. Barry May 14th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    When the three teams were there, Yanks, Dodgers, Giants, you could always, or almost so, get a game on radio. New York was a baseball town and I believe the Dodgers and Yanks were held in equal favor. The Giants not so much, but they did okay, too. And, of course, in the late forties and early fifties, we had Willie, Mickey and The Duke. Great days.

  55. J. Alfred Prufrock May 14th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    comnsnse,

    Very well, no harm done. I was recalling your post, previous to this one, in which you said she didn’t back up what she said, which is like the antithesis of her discourse here, since she is very precise and detail oriented.

    If you were just joshing, then I misunderstood. Sorry.

  56. J. Alfred Prufrock May 14th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Barry,

    I think the Filip Bondy hanging with the Bleacher Creatures, and Francesa and his open (if somewhat pessimistic) Yankee fandom are fairly new phenomena as far as Yankee “advocacy” in the media goes, if I may go so far.

  57. Duh Innings II May 14th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Hey Nick from SF why aren’t you bemoaning the Mariners starting their ace against an ace tonight? After all, he has less of a chance to win the game going against Sabathia than he does going against Hughes or Pettitte. Oh wait, I forgot, had the Mariners started Hernandez in the fourth game of the season instead the first one he’d have been able to start against Hughes or Pettitte. LOL

  58. Ys Guy May 14th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    ibanez hitting .195 and he’s playing vs. a lefty instead of the rh hitting b/u catcher who’s swing is perfect for NYS?

  59. luis May 14th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks for your replies… I have been to both OYS and NYS… And the atmosphere of the latter doesn’t come close to the experience it used to be on the old one… This new one is ” Business like”… Not the same thing

  60. Jesus Bustero May 14th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Glad to have back Curtis Granderson. Our friend Austin Jackson is sporting a .704 OPS. I can honestly say i don’t miss any Yankees prospect – Tabata, Jackson, Melky, Montero, Kennedy. IPK has a 4.83 ERA in the NL. His K/BB is 1.85.

  61. randy l. May 14th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    http://seattletimes.com/html/m.....ers09.html

    “All three of Montero’s homers this year have come with Hernandez on the mound. In fact, those two fellow Venezuelans have built a nice rapport, with Montero catching all but one of Felix’s starts this season. Hernandez has a 5-1 record and 1.03 earned-run average in those seven starts with Montero behind the plate, and a 1.84 ERA in 13 career games throwing to Montero.

    “That’s crazy what’s happening,” Montero said. “He pitches, I hit a homer. He wins. Unbelievable. Everybody knows he’s talented. He’s so good. Everything today was working — curveball, changeup, slider, fastball, sinker, everything.”

    Hernandez, however, rated his stuff as merely “OK — not good as normally, but it was good.” He noted that Montero “is maturing a lot. Behind the plate, he’s doing a lot better. He’s pretty good back there.”

  62. Samuel Croak August 22nd, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Good and pretty interesting article. Your point of watch is more or less the same as main. Many thanks!

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