Curtis Granderson playing all over the outfield
Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson is only a few weeks away from returning, and he's been working on playing all three outfield positions.
Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson is recovering from a broken right forearm but isn't far away from a return. He played in an extended spring training game Monday and is now only few weeks away. In fact, that might be a conservative estimate.
“Possibly, yes, as long as there are no setbacks or anything like that, that’s definitely in range,” Granderson said when asked if he’d be back inside two weeks.
Not only that, but Granderson may not be used as the Yankees' primary center fielder upon his return. He's preparing to be capable in all three outfield positions. In Monday's game, Granderson played all three spots in the following order each for an inning: Center, right, left, center, right.
Granderson, a consummate professional, has no issues with moving around.
“I’d love to be the center fielder, but at the same time I want to help this team win,” he said (nydailynews.com). “Whatever’s best for the team, I’m all for it.”
He's played 1,109 games in center field in his career and only 22 (three starts) in left field. He's never played in right field in a major-league game.
The Yankees have been going with Vernon Wells in left, Brett Gardner in center and Ichiro Suzuki in right field this season for the most part. Having Granderson flexible would make it much easier for manager Joe Girardi to play matchups or at least stick with a hot hand, as Wells thrived in the early going while Ichiro had a rough first several weeks, for example. The flexibility also would obviously come in handy in the case of injury, and the Yankees have dealt with their fair share of those this season.
Granderson, 32, hit .232/.319/.492 with 43 homers and 106 RBI last season. The three-time All-Star has had over 40 homers and 100 RBI in each of his past two seasons.
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