The Yanks got some good news on the injury front last night, Curtis Granderson should be returning to the team a bit sooner than previously thought. Rick Carpieniello of LoHud has the story:
NEW YORK — The Yankees got some good news on the injury front Friday. Curtis Granderson is expected back sooner than originally thought.
Granderson, on the DL since May 2 with a strained groin, worked out with the team prior to Friday night’s game, and was then to fly to Louisville to join Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on its road trip. There, Granderson expects to play five games in six days — two at DH — and if all goes well, he hopes to return Thursday and be available to the Yankees next Friday.
It will be interesting to see what Girardi does defensively with him. He could use the injury as an excuse to move him to Left Field, and keep the better defensive player in Gardner manning Center. The Yanks view Gardner as far better defensively, and the main reason why he didn’t win the everyday CF job out of Spring Training was that the Yanks weren’t sure Brett was an everyday player. Also, I’m sure they wanted to smooth Granderson’s transition to the Bronx, a place where so many players have trouble settling in. But that’s all past us now, Gardner has shown himself to not only be an everyday player, but an absolutely vital cog with the Yanks both offensively and defensively. Girardi should feel free to put each player wherever he thinks they will do the most to help the team win. Curtis went on the record in March saying he would have no problem playing Left field, so it’s a convenient excuse for Girardi to give him the easier defensive position, citing the injury.
Personally, I would support the move. I know it doesn’t make a difference all that often, but the plays that Gardner will make that Curtis won’t will most likely be doubles and triples that you’re converting to outs. Even if that only happens a handful of times a month, it could be the difference between winning and losing that individual game. Especially if they come with two outs and/or men on base. It’s easy to dismiss a defensive upgrade, but the team that just left the Bronx on Thursday is an example of how these things can add up for a club that’s already high on the win curve. You’re playing both guys anyway, might as well put them in the best defensive configuration.
What do you think? Where would you play Curtis, and why?
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