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Curtis Granderson making first career start in right field

May 18, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

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Curtis Granderson was moved to left field when he returned from the disabled list this week, but he’ll make his first career start in right field this afternoon against the Blue Jays.

According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Granderson was “fine” with the latest move when they discussed it. Vernon Wells will make the start in left field this afternoon while Travis Hafner is back in the starting lineup as the designated hitter after he missed the last four games with shoulder tendinitis. And of course, Brett Gardner remains in center field.

With Ichiro Suzuki struggling miserably, this could be Yankees’ regular arrangement against right-handed pitching moving forward.

  1. slartibartfast4242 - May 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Makes sense. Both Wells and even Ichiro appear to be better options at left. It took long enough for Girardi to finally figure out Gardner is the better center fielder. If you watched last night’s game, some of the fly balls Jays hit off of Kuroda to center would have fallen for doubles if Granderson were still the center fielder.

    Now, if someone can convince Girardi to keep Ben Francisco off the line up…….

    • pisano - May 18, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Better yet, cut Francisco, the guy is useless.

      • proudlycanadian - May 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        Leave Francisco alone. I like him in pinstripes. Cheers pisano!

      • bigharold - May 18, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        “I like him in pinstripes. ”

        It’s not going to help the Beavermen. Pinstripes are practically Kryptonite to the Beavermen this year.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 18, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Please keep Buehrle in toronto forever!! I love how he has given up 5 or more runs 6 times already this year!!! He is a great batting practice pitcher!! sign him up for 5 more years!!!

    • humanexcrement - May 18, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      I think everybody and their brother knew that Gardner was the best defensive outfielder on the team since 2009 or so. The issue was whether he could hit enough (specifically against lefthanders) to play every day. They didn’t want Granderson switching back and forth between left and center all the time.

  2. rebel21das - May 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Very happy to see that Joe Girardi is sticking with Brett Gardner in center field he has clearly earned the spot as humanexcrement stated he’s always been a solid defensive player and now hopefully Gardner can just continue to keep hitting the ball well and stealing bases.

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