Joe Girardi: Curtis Granderson may not just play center field upon his return

05/06/2013 4:58 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Curtis Granderson has played all three outfield positions during his rehab.(AP)
Curtis Granderson continues to work his way back from a fractured forearm down in Extended Spring Training games, but he may not be the Yankees’ full-time center fielder when he does return to the Bronx.

Despite general manager Brian Cashman’s insistence that Granderson will reclaim his spot in the middle of the Yankees’ outfield, the free agent-to-be has taken reps at all three outfield spots in his Extended Spring Training Games, and manager Joe Girardi said he’s still considering moving Granderson elsewhere.

“We’ll decide that as time goes on; when we talk about Grandy, we just want to get him healthy,” Girardi said Sunday. “People ask me a lot about what I’m going to do with my outfield, well Grandy’s going to play, but as you’ve seen around here, a lot can happen in a couple weeks.”

Girardi went on to say “we might toy around with some other things” concerning Granderson’s status, and when asked whether or not he was worried about Granderson taking those outfield reps without Brett Gardner on one side of him, the skipper said that wouldn’t be an issue.

“No, (I’m) not really (concerned about Granderson working with Gardner); my concern is how he reacts to all the different spots,” he said.

Granderson intimated that he would need somewhere between 50 and 70 at-bats before being ready to make his season debut; he took his first at-bats in Extended Spring Training last Wednesday, and could be ready for a true rehab assignment with one of the Yankees’ affiliates as soon as next week.

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